Wax relief cast from clay
After reading about the technique Paolozzi used to create the textures for his assembled sculptures, I thought I’d have a go myself.
Assemblage techniques used in sculpture
Looking again at the way Paolozzi’s ‘Cyclops’ was made you can see that embedded in it are a few identifiable objects; the wheel in the head, and what look like machine parts in the torso and...
Sketches, writing and mock ups; getting ready for ‘How long is a piece of string?’
Background work for creating How long is a piece of string?
Dark Traces; experiments in encasing fabric with another tactile layer
Experiments with dunking materials; Paverpol (a transparent fabric stiffener), Plasti dip (very expensive for the amount, pretty toxic) and in the end, combining liquid latex and black Indian ink.
Cutting and winding 5km of ribbon for World Water Week installation
When we sourced the ribbon for the World Water Week installation this summer, we were asked who or how we were cutting it into 1000 x 5m lengths (one to go in each of...
The making of a Modern Fossil; jesmonite poured into brass shim moulds
I did some experiments creating the shapes that would be attached at each junction of the metal framework of my work for the 7 Bridges public Art project, ‘Modern Fossil‘. By pouring jesmonite into test...
The making of a Modern Fossil; fun with metalwork at London Sculpture Workshop
I spent a few days over the summer at the London Sculpture Workshop. College was closed, I had a deadline to meet and no access to heavy machinery…. LSW was the answer; London’s first open access...
Casting your own lead (hot metal) type
I need some lead type for an installation I’m working on and came across someone selling it buy bulk on ebay; unfortunately he was on holiday and not taking orders, so I had to...
Material experiments; metal and concrete
Researching possibilities of using metals embedded in concrete. I like how some of the metal shapes are a bit hidden; it goes with an idea I am looking at about fossils.
Casting a clay figure: casting in wax
Painting wax on each part of the mould first to build up layers; then putting the mould together and pouring a few ‘joining’ layers to combine the two parts.
I’m never short of ideas; the trick is to not get swamped in them, and to realise *at least* a few projects without getting overwhelmed. Trouble is, sometimes *everything* becomes interesting and it can...