Some more metal-y bits i have been working on. I have really enjoyed playing with the rollers as its quite a simple yet really effective way of getting the impression of fabric onto the metals surface, again to confuse the hard/soft qualities of the materials i am using. The wet blaster is also a piece of equipment i could become pretty obsessed with. I particularly like the effect it creates when using it on rusty metal.. It essentially cleans it back to shiny metal. The act
'An object that gives in is actually stronger than one which resists, for which reason it also permits the opportunity to be oneself in a new way'
- Max Kozloff 'The Poetics of Softness' I have consolidated some of my most successful experiments done so far in practical form in these new pieces. I have used metals mixed with the welding, stitching and beading, and also in most cases left the metal on in order to create more of a contrast between the hard and soft elements. S
I have started to develop the samples that I did for the T-Shirt project into something that I could use in a 3D form. There was something about the way in which the soft thread was weaving its way through the hard metal that I felt I could push further. I have started to drill tiny holes into metal so that I can sew through it with threads and wool to give the illusion that I have sewn through it with a needle. I like the idea that for a split second you begin to question th
So as part of the Contextualising Practice module we have been asked to design a T-shirt. This is to get us thinking about interdisciplinary work, and how everything can feed into... everything! Our challenge was to think about the research we have done so far for our written work and explain that within one T-shirt design. We are half way through the challenge and i have chose to work with a quote i found in 'a book, Old Mistress' , i have been reading, that i think complete
This week after a meeting with my project supervisor, i realised that i was really stuck in a rut with my work. I have been working in one way for so long its like i dont know how to work in any other way. I so want to free myself up to experiment with other things (and i used to be so good at that!), but leaving my comfort zone has been harder than i thought! So she has put me on a 'Soft' and 'Red' ban! To start with i was really nervous but i totally think it is the right t
So after being allocated our 'Hubs' last week, i wasted no time in getting into the fine metal workshop. This is where i will begin to learn basic skills in shaping, manipulating and working with metals, and the plan is then to move into the larger scale heavy metal workshop when i have the basics nailed! I joined a introductory workshop where we began to have a go with some of the tools and try out some very basic techniques in marking and colouring the surface of copper, an
This week i began to have a play with materials. I started off my doing some very basic experiments with wire, tiny bits of sheet metal and wire mesh/chicken wire mixed with stuffed tights. These where very basic versions of the sort of thing i have been sketching, just to get my ideas into a physical state to see where i could develop these to next. I liked the results of these, particularly where the metals actually begin to manipulate the tights and alter their shapes, how