Stamp Sangsuk-iam is a Thai artist / designer-maker. She studied for a BA (Hons) Industrial Design at Chulalongkorn University, before studying for an MA in Jewellery and Metal at the Royal College of Art. Her work has always been influenced by sounds around her. She likes to use the sound properties of objects as a language to communicate to the world.
‘Everything around us is like an instrument, our interaction controls rhythm and tune and it’s all composed together by our living. Sound in our daily life has unique characteristics which intuitively tells a story of its own.’
Stamp’s practice is mainly influenced by sounds from our living world. She enjoys exploring the sound properties of everyday objects together with observing our intuitive interaction with them. Spending most of her time at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, she started to hear and see her family relationship through sounds and interactions from her domestic life. Her current practice, Life Music, turned simple everyday objects in the house into sound objects which communicate the story of family relationships.
Stamp’s hope is that, after hearing and seeing her work, it will change your listening experience, at least a bit, because there are so many beautiful sounds around us that we ignore.
Family Tea Cups represents the relationship between family members. Each cup is like a family member which has their own voice, their own life, their own interest. But in the end, we all resonate together as a chord, as a family.
For the note of each cup, Stamp selected notes that can combine into 4 different chords which represent different emotions, Major – happy, Minor – sad: a Seventh chord is love and a Diminished Seventh chord is a shock. Stamp says we go through different situations and emotions as a family. Today might be a celebratory tea time, tomorrow might be a serious one.
Fly Me To The Moon Necklace represents bonds through generation. When the necklace is put down, it creates the ‘Fly me to the Moon’ melody: a classic song that has been enjoyed in different ways by every generation. It is a song that all Stamp’s family, over different generations, are fond of. It represents a bond, knowledge, a way of living that has been played over and over again in different generations.
The version of the song that’s been played depends on the person putting it down, it can be quick or slow, loud or quiet.
Key Tray represents the relationship between family and space. A house wouldn’t feel like home without family members. Key Tray behaves like a bell which resonates when placing a key down. It is almost like a bell communicating the appearance and absence of family members, changing the feeling in the space.