Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Series Reflections on Technology

as displayed in the Installation Space,
Queensland College of Art,

Bubble, 2009

Bubble, 2009
Aluminium, speaker cable, zipper, cotton thread

Front view

Top side view

Back side view

Bottom view (my favourite one)

30 hours of weaving later
- at this stage there is still a zipper missing at the back

22 hours of weaving later

12 hours of weaving later

8 hours of weaving later

For this piece I had to create a support/armature to be able to weave it in the shape I wanted.
It took a while to make the support and the first stage of the weaving was a bit of a challenge. The support cage had to be supported from outside and inside.....the first woven bit (image above) took around 4 hours. It takes a bit of patience to weave into such curves.

Collar II., 2009 - side view 2

Aluminium, speaker cable, hut elastic, stainless steel fndings

This image shows nicely the way this piece is designed to fit the curves of the neck - left side fits on the back of the neck and the right side fits at the front, bellow the jaw. Fastening is positioned on the side of the neck.

Collar II., 2009 - side view

The long panels sit over the wearers ear and shoulder.

Collar II., 2009 - top view

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I have applied what I have learned to the following pieces, surprisingly called Collar II., it worked out very well.

Making this piece I have learned three things.
1/ sandblasting as a finish on aluminium is very fragile, picks up finger prints very easily and needs to be handled in gloves
2/ wearable pieces of this kind need to be crimped from centre to the ends to gain an even spacing between panels and good shape
3/ crimping has to be done on a round surface to provide the right curve for the cables to sit in

Monday, November 16, 2009

Things went really quickly since my last post and suddenly I have the whole series finished.
The necklace above is, just like the rest of the pieces, made out of sandblasted aluminium and speaker cables. Button has been cut out from an old mother board and painted white.