Category: exhibition


setting off kerry clements’s beautiful furniture i hope 🙂

artist | designer | maker final show 2015

with carys perry’s touch and sam alland’s jackalope 😎

artist | designer | maker final show 2015



the kindness of strangers

i was bowled over by the generosity of when i enquired about purchasing aluminium profiles to build my cyanotype box. they offered me the materials for free on the agreement that i remember them when i’m famous 😀

well, i’m not there quite yet, but i will get there with the support of family, friends, techs, tutors and the odd random stranger 🙂

at my last assessment it was clear that the construction of the cyanotype box had to match the quality of finish of the other pieces and i now have the chance to exceed that with the profiles, corners and gaskets unibox have given me. externally seamless, structurally sound, and fully dis-/re-assemblable –  i couldn’t ask for more.

the finished cyanotypes will be mounted onto acrylic panels and slotted into the inner channels – obvs being large enough to fill the whole face. these test prints on cotton don’t show the inner lights brightly enough but i’m hoping that using more translucent silk will help in that respect.

led sequencing 2

these leds are destined for the inside of the cyanotype box. a major issue was how to create a 3d led spiral that can be viewed from both the top and sides (and just to be awkward i want the largest spiral to be at the top, the smallest at the base).

this version uses a large dog’s surgical collar (aka cone of shame :D) which is sturdy enough to support the led strings while being transparent – allowing a wide viewing angle. the plastic also reflects the lights, giving the effect of a double string. slight striations in the plastic also make for an interesting effect that echoes the fresnel screens i used in the laser drawing piece.

this test piece has 2 x 1m strings – the final one will have 4 in the same size cone. unfortunately i haven’t found a source for uncut strips in the uk but hopefully joins shouldn’t be too obvious.

there’s much tweaking of code still to be done, as well as adding motion sensors – to trigger the lights and to vary the colour depending on where the viewer is standing. and obviously a box to build/cyanotypes to produce…

all change

various things came up at today’s assessment:

chairs – these are designed/fabricated objects with a strong aesthetic – are they distracting from the work that *i’ve* designed and fabricated? will people see the chairs ahead of the work? in a *domestic* environment will my work be reduced to an element of – decoration?

lens element on the laser drawing lightboxes may be worth reinstating. if so a ball lens seems most appropriate. perhaps i can take design/material cues from the lens carrier on the solar drawing machine which is very successful.

the quality of the frame for the cyanotype piece *has* to match the finish quality of the other pieces. none of the budget options of screws/glue/welding appeals for various reasons. the piece has to be diss- and re-assembled – otherwise i have nowhere to store it, i’d have to abandon it on the central reservation of a motorway 😦

despite the cost i’m considering using an extruded aluminium profile system, along these lines…


apart from the externally seamless construction, these pieces could be dis- and re-assembled at will, and take a variety of clear acrylic “slides” slotted into the inner channels.