Month: October 2014

in pursuit of error

original polaroid photography

a collaborative project:


made by hand

made by hand | cardiff city hall | 2014

fab seeing my work out in public again. and i think the juxtaposition of ceramics and maker pieces really works. our booth is right next to one of the making spaces that will be used for workshops throughout the event so hopefully a high footfall.

ingrid said it was an intriguing object to have at the front of the stand which i’m taking as high praise 🙂

crystal radio at made by hand

getting the piece finished in time for the show was a pretty steep learning curve. we managed to realise about 80% of what i was aiming for, which isn’t bad going at all. the plan was to have motion sensors on each side that would trigger one of 4 different audio tracks to play (each a world band radio recording) and we achieved that, with the nice added detail that we have a short “retuning” track that plays inbetween the “station” changes.

our downfall was power supply issues. jon had warned that this was likely to be the case, and suggested a mains input running through the plinth might be the most effective solution. but i was really keen to make the piece wireless so to this end the arduino, sound card and sensors are driven from a 4xD battery pack, while the speaker/amp is rechargeable. i managed to allow the power to run down overnight, so for th opening morning the piece is plugged in to charge, and those pesky power lines are still causing me consternation 😀

radio insides

what i am happy with is the decision to keep the underlying electronics visible beneath the radio cityscape. in one way they have their own beauty – and this could be refined in future by swapping out components for more aesthetically minimal alternatives. but mainly i love that you can see the messy heart of the piece, in the way that a city has a whole world of cables and sewers and tunnels below that keep it functioning.

more spirals

use of spirals in my previous work.

time/light | mixed media | 2011
i am safe | copper, silver, vitreous enamel, paper | 2014


pleat folding | paper | 2014
printing plate | 2014
spring back fall forward | mixed media | 2013
polaroid photography | 2011 | original images by karl blossfeld

coffee pod recycling

via pinterest
alex aebi | via upcycleus
via pinterest
irene marti
julia gisbert | via recyclart
villa haikara
via pinterest
lurdish via flickr

i’d like to find out if it’s possible to enamel the capsules, perhaps exploring guilloche techniques (intricate engraved aluminium designs overlaid with translucent enamel)

interestingly the term derives from the complex patterns which can be used for authentication purposes e.g. in banknotes. these dovetail into my current interests in machine drawing and geometry.

illustrator tutorial

the spiral

One of the most common geometric motifs is the spiral, painted and carved throughout the world. And yet the symbolic meaning of the spiral in prehistoric art is speculative. Some argue it may have represented the sun, or the portal to a spirit world. Perhaps it represented life itself, or life beyond life – eternity. Or else, it may have had a more prosaic, functional purpose, that of a calendrical device, employed to deconstruct time into chapters, seasons and solstices.