Metamorphoses constitutes a platform for contact and the presentation of projects and ideas designed for implementing and sharing.
The name Metamorphoses was attributed out of the feeling that every creative process proves open and under transformation, whether the origins of the ideas, the influences, the references for transformation and through to their respective implementation.
Within a broader sense, this considers life itself as a process undergoing metamorphosis, along a continuum of passage and transformation and, to this end, this also conveys a project for life, exploring the different facets of being, reflective and creative, through sharing content to establishing bonds of linkage and intercommunication.
Currently aged forty-six, I hold professional architecture qualifications and have had some experience in this professional field while having also spent some years in teaching and that provided me with some experience as a teacher. I have also undertaken other professional experiences, like land clearing, running condominium services, and as a museum guide. I’m also a keen volunteer and having experimented working in a macrobiotic kitchen, planting trees and cleaning away rubbish and I hope among many other such projects in the future.
In terms of a more personal characterisation, from a young age, I found myself immersed in thinking, questions and sentiments, centred around myself, the others, and the world in general. A situation that I believe proves common to all of us even while some attribute more importance and attention than others. If, while young, I did not initially have any awareness of this, the passage of time went about (trans)forming this person that I am now. This may also be termed awareness. This proves a characteristic that I have striven for throughout my process of growth, interaction with others and our environment and in creative processes in general.
I also always had wanting to do as an innate part of my nature. Out of curiosity, I have always challenged myself to understand just how and why things work, both when I was young at a more domestic level, when attempting to repair everything that broke or organising a particular spatial solution to improve a specific situation, and when advancing through the years of school and then professionally, engaging in experiences, building scale models and designing projects for this and that, exploring materials, forms and working ideas across their most varied facets so as to best resolve situations.
This range of curiosity and predisposition to get involved with processes of doing and exploring creativity, in conjunction with my father being an architect, made sure that I also took up the study of architecture. Nevertheless, these same characteristics have made their mark throughout life and in many other fields, which led me to get involved in staging different studies and experiences of implementation. Some may be seen in my portfolio made available at the end of this webpage.
Subsequently, throughout the course of my varied professional career, I noted a certain lack of adaptation in every working context that, after having been experienced and experimented with over time, seemed inevitably to contain frameworks, requirements, functions, formalities and ambiences inherent to each one of these activities and their respective appropriate means, limited my sense of being. And that which was internally felt, or was then being sensed, and what I would have wanted to achieve and inevitably generating some dissatisfaction and frustration.
I believe such a sentiment proves common to a large majority of people, which normally leads each person to engage in their own hobbies and means of compensation through other activities. For myself, who was always creating alternatives, implementing some projects for self-fulfilment and satisfaction as the means of compensating for these situations, this conveys an agglutinating reason that leads me to propose the present project. The providing of substance to an idea and generating a means for personal fulfilment through proposals for implementing projects and ideas, seeking a symbiosis of interests in the real world and with others, in the sense of rendering the plausible and being able to complete whilst seeking autonomy and sustainability.
Metamorphoses strives to become a platform of contact, promotion and a point of departure or confluence of various projects across their own respective areas of action. From ideas and thoughts that may generate shared interests, shared knowledge and projects, which aim to create, transform, make grow and happen, or simply, not doing anything, merely sharing and making available all this knowledge and these ideas should such prove the intention or conclusion at a determined moment of reflection and decision about them.
Based upon aware, clear and objective foundations for what we seek and intend to establish for each project, metamorphoses is predisposed to making the paths. Whilst not knowing at the outset the amplitude of the results to come, there is always the posture and the dedication of developing each project by all of those involved in its creation and transformation and within the conditions to which such is correspondingly subject and with the objective of always returning the best possible results.
Correspondingly, metamorphoses also establishes my point of contact for whoever wishes to do so on seeing themselves reflected in this set of proposals and intentions and feels some interest in getting to know me more personally, sharing ideas or with the feeling of wanting to attain or gaining support for developing or discussing some project or idea in whatever the area. After having made the contact, we shall grasp whether or not this is a person appropriately indicated for this project of fulfilment and implementation and, not being so, just how best might we find or redirect them towards other more appropriate contacts for such purposes.
Proposals for implementation
Metamorphoses is now undergoing presentation precisely due to having an inaugural project to propose as an example and result of the transformation process described above. From imagination to reality, seeking the symbiosis of interests in the real world so that such may become real and potentially able to achieve, or otherwise, its own completion and sustainability.
This is INFINITE FRAME, a modular system of frames that enables their mutual aggregation to thus create panels of frames with infinite configurations, depending only on the number and sizes of the frames in place. Incorporating its own process of metamorphoses, this will be put out to a crowdfunding campaign in order to obtain the necessary initial financing so as to launch the business with this, also representing an example of that sought after and believed in as a current democratic and honest means of testing an idea, in this case for a product, sounding out the environment that then acts to decide whether or not a particular idea shall advance at that moment.
The project may be viewed via the campaign link on INDIEGOGO or via its website INFINITE FRAME, which will be its future sales site should the fundraising campaign achieve success.
Within the scope of grasping in what way the origins and integration of this proposal under implementation in metamorphoses, we now present this more detailed explanation.
This project stemmed from a creative idea for resolving a question arising out of a situation in which the objective was to decorate the walls with a set of frames containing images or photographs in specific configurations.
Currently, in order to resolve this, we might purchase various individual frames and place them in accordance with the particular layout wanted and apply it to the wall. This implies placing one nail per frame and duplicating the expression of the sides of the frames where they come together or, alternatively, commissioning or purchasing panels with specific configurations for the application of various images, but which are limited by and limited to the configurations present.
There is also a system of rimmed frames in the shape of puzzle pieces, which enable one to be stacked inside of another but that also proves very limited and limiting as regards both the scope of configurations and the expression that this type of framework displays.
Out of this problematic issue emerged the idea of INFINITE FRAME as a proposal for a solution to resolve this question that we believe does hold interest to whoever enjoys decorating their walls. These frames are made out of corner and side pieces of different lengths, mutually interconnected and that have on their reverse sides means of slotting into each other that enables the construction of panels with an infinite number of frame configurations, personalised and tailored to the spaces and the purposes of decoration. The piece assembly and dismantling system enables this process to extend to adding or subtracting frames whenever wanted heading into the future.
In terms of project sustainability and financing, this incorporates recourse to cheap and recyclable materials such as MDF alongside other recyclables such as plastic, acrylic and cardboard. The business model was designed so as to foster a balanced relationship between the costs and the returns within the scope of proving attractive to the consumer and generating sufficient earnings to meet its production and operating costs. There is every opportunity and potential for expansion whether in terms of the product or its business network absorbing more causes and people who wish to get involved.
Connections with others and with the community – there are two fronts to this level. One stipulates the operational implementation of the product, carried out via its respective website and that has a purpose designed application to enable people to virtually test out and build their panels of frames prior to their purchase and also including the option to commission the printing of their images or photos before, then receiving them at home all ready for mounting.
On the other hand, this project also proposes to be a platform for exhibition, promotion and sale works by any creative working in the visual arts related to this product (thus, photography, design, illustration, etcetera). This proves possible through the site featuring the works of artists in order to enable consumers either to choose them and build panels incorporating these works or to purchase specific panels designed by these artists for their works.
This situation is also tested as a proposal for aggregated product implementation through the crowdfunding campaign that puts up for sale five panels displaying the work of five different artists. This plan contains an amplification objective for its network of interests whether in terms of the product, the artists and the consumers or in the more general terms of the community, contributing to the network for the propagation and dissemination of culture and art.
This final plan completes the cycle of intentions of METAMORPHOSES through the product INFINITE FRAME with this one example of achieving from imagination into reality. It is also through this period of campaigning that the project itself incorporates its own metamorphosis, hence, out of an awareness of the expected and/or desired results, it still remains unknown what the results will be and what paths shall follow, or not, or how, or with whom. This is, therefore, itself undergoing metamorphosis.