A project realised in summer 2013, was this collaboration between myself and a woodworker friend Tristan. I had a set of compasses inherited from my dad, who used them in his school days. These compasses I always favoured to the cheap plastic sets handed out at school and they will always remind me of quality tools for the imagination.
The box they originally came in was a bright plastic box, and I decided they deserved better. So putting my mind to the drawing board and Tristan's skill to work, we created this charming case.
The wood species is American Ash and the finishing technique is the Japanese shosugi-ban (good bit of fun with the blowtorch!). The burning meant the wood was sealed without using any lacquers. The internal hinges sustained the seamless minimal design.
The embedding for the pieces to rest in was routed from the solid piece, minimising the waste and need for extra materials.
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A year ago I began experimenting with sculptural form in a 2D frame. For many reasons I never really realised all the ideas, and now decided to reach a conclusion for peace of mind. I rummaged through my storages of trinkets and rediscovered the objects of inspiration.
The element of design plays a major role in these series of artworks. Here are a few snapshots of possible configurations.
There is no set deadline or strategy, so cannot tell how far this will go, but when its done, it is done.
I was re-visiting some of the older digital concoctions to see what new forms can be forged from the same effects.
What I ended up with resembled a snowflake, to me at least. Later I googled snowflake science and by a coincidence found they have cosmic titles and iridescent blue-purple light refractions in the micro-imagery. Nice.
The images below show the step by step progress of the experimental process.
For some awesome snowflakes, check out this link:
"To learn is to live, to study is to grow, and growth is the measurement
of life. The mind must be taught to think, the heart to feel, and the hands
to labor. When these have been educated to their highest point, then is
the time to offer them to the service of their fellowman, not before."
Manly P Hall
Flowers looking unusually alien in the inverted colour way.
Video recording of light experimentation with glass refraction effects.
Passive Matrix Super-twisted Nematic Displays
Further reading on electro-optical response systems link here.
"Modern radar systems often have imaging capability, can yield digitized signals quickly and easily for use with graphical overlays, can be networked together so the total system is greater than the sum of its parts."
"It also enables radar information to be made available in real time or near real time on Internet-type networks for inclusion in the digital battlefield and Global Information Grid visions of the future."