The work of Daniel Eatock doesn't exactly look like work, it seems more like a series of observations and ponderings or thoughtful interjections. Such as the work featured here, Tops 29 coloured plastic tops and lids arranged and rearranged , is as it's art like title suggests, 29 coloured plastic tops and lids arranged and rearranged. It's obvious really when you see it, why didn't you do it yourself? well, you didn't and he did, and the reason? that this is the result of his observation and considertion. Eatock is one of several people around the world who many say are a hybrid designer artist, blurring the bounaries of art and design. I find it anoying and somewhat uncreative to have to label him either or. As for blurring boundaries, well, that's another topic. I propose that
he's neither a designer nor an artist, and that's ok. He maybe using methods of art observation or design practise.
If we think of design as a medium and not just a discipline, we can see that Eatock is intervening, reconsidering and generally using the world of things as a way to understand ourselves and that world that we've created
Eatock's site profile doesn't mention art or design of even artist or designer he simply says
Begin with ideas
Ad-lib and make things up
Eliminate superfluous elements
Make something difficult look easy
Be first or last
Believe complex ideas can produce simple things
Trust the process
Allow concepts to determine form
Reduce material and production to their essence
Sustain the integrity of an idea
Propose honesty as a solution
So, there you go, stop being so anxious about being a designer or an artist, go and do your work, I mean ponderings, interjections and such.
Well, what are you waiting for, go on.