Month: February 2015

spot the difference

lens holder v.2 makes the lens itself much more prominent/improved light-gathering performance. hoping to cut this in aluminium composite…

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laser lightbox v1.1

several issues still to address here. the laser-cut box didn’t fit together¬†perfectly, hence the white stripe along the box/lid join. partly because i didn’t wrap the bookcloth over the edge (down to the very last of my supplies) but also because my measurements were out by a crucial 2mm (now corrected).

in a low-light situation there’s less of a contrast between the box and lid (which i’m planning to leave as-is, showing the materials/fabrication, echoing other pieces in the show). the slide mount doesn’t fit perfectly¬†because i used frosted plastic as a diffuser and cut it too large, so it interferes with the seating on the box lid.

another issue in this view: the plastic doesn’t diffuse the strip-light properly¬†– it’s clearly visible through the slides. also, light leaks around the slide edges. i’ve backed them with black electrical tape, but since it adheres to the plastic underneath, rather than the slides themselves, there’s still some reflected light apparent.

not visible here but much more problematic for me is the grain of the plastic, which shows under examination with a lens (which is a fundamental part of the final presentation) and greatly detracts from the otherwise grain-free transparencies. so i definitely need to investigate alternative diffusing materials.

but problems aside i’m happy with how this piece is progressing, not least my provision for those pesky power cables. i cut a hole in the base for the cable – which will require a hole in the plinth/table, but will then be fully hidden from view.¬†looking forward to v1.2 ūüôā

bristol | spike island | arnolfini

inspiring studio visit yesterday.¬†i’m deeply envious of the studio spaces we saw, most of my making happens in my 10′ square “loom room” (it has at least 3 stashed away in various places)¬†which¬†doubles as wardrobe space for 2. if there was ever anything more motivating than the prospect of a dedicated studio i’ve yet to find¬†it.

i was most taken by the real sense of¬†community in the¬†studio space, the shared resources and skills, the opportunities for exchange of ideas¬†and collaboration. i was fascinated to hear from mark and lisa of plenderleithscantlebury, who’ve taken their¬†varied¬†technical¬†skills and developed a business fabricating for artists. they’ve clearly identified a market – artists whose ambition in terms of scale or materials exceeds their technical skills – and are thriving on it.

i was also glad to be able to resolve a mystery, on visiting the arnolfini. i happened to be in bristol the day before and, walking towards the dockside, was baffled by the fog rising from the water. i didn’t have time to investigate any further and drew my own somewhat confused conclusions.

turns out it’s an installation work by fujiko nakaya. seeing the (still and moving) images of her previous work immediately drew me in – the altered quality of the light, and people’s reactions to¬†it. and to see it “for real” outside the gallery totally¬†confirmed my admiration –¬†it had a real impact on every passer-by for the duration of the fog.