5 hours ago
Friday, June 18, 2010
One handed security lock management.
I am proud to say that after three weeks of the ACAD home studio security I can now open the lock with one-handed. This might seem like a small development, but believe me it isn't and will probably keep me coming back for more next year.
What have I accomplished apart from this?
I now have many (hand-made) sheets of brown paper! :- brown papers that are iron stained and brown papers that are iron stained and are beginning to be sculpted. Hmm... is that a lot to show for 3 weeks work?
You might not think so but I know how labour intensive it is to hand-make paper without a Hollander and pulper. I only burnt out one blender (and even that wasn't entirely my doing, as it has probably been used for many student-hours before I got a hold of it).
Iron staining takes about an hour to set up at least two days to process and although I was, initially very excited about having access to all the rusted metal in the studio, I now find that there isn't enough to do a huge batch of rusting. Next week I will try to track some more down at ACAD and I have plans to request use of some that I drive past on the industrial estate (called Manchester!) near where I live. This is a piece inspired by palm tree bark.
I need to challenge myself over the stitching(where it is necessary) otherwise I will end up with surfaces that look like other surfaces I have created in the past.
So what of my final week at ACAD next week? I plan to do as much iron staining as materials will allow and stitch, stitch, stitch. If possible also place some pieces to shibori (I think I can use that as a verb!)
I hope I make time to sort out some pieces for the show in August... I have to do it now as I have other commitments between now and then, I must get organised for August and it isn't even July!
August 21st - Sept ???7th. At the Marion Nicoll Gallery in ACAD. Be there.
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