And then…

6 04 2015

It seems I have a penchant for tracing things back to their origin … you know when a conversation has veered off on some kind of tangent, after we’ve exhausted that little escapade I then like to track back to how we got there.

So, I have a need to see how my weaving developed … and in the process hopefully uncover some hidden tangents that perhaps I could explore further.

After the initial weaving tests I posted about previously, I then tried out :

  1. full metal weaving
    RMIT Yr1 project; not terribly successful, and I didn’t continue with it

    necklace; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

    necklace; RMIT Yr1

  2. scroll / poster hanging
    RMIT Yr1 project; oh dear, look at the kinky silk thread, how embarrassment! (blame first year keenness to get the photograph taken, and naivety in not knowing how to get the folds out); I may experiment with this format again

    scroll pendant; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

    scroll pendant; RMIT Yr1

  3. cut and framed
    RMIT Yr1 project; I love this pendant; however the only thing that didn’t quite sit well with me with this format is that the weave is cut to a frame … somehow it made it just a disembodied material, instead of a whole; I’m unlikely to do this again (though, never say never)

    Year 1, Semester 2, Machinery project; paper and silver

    Machinery project; RMIT Yr1

  4. free play and pinned
    RMIT Yr2 project; this was fun, I experimented a lot in this project with colour and widths and introducing new threads in the weave and taking them away … just joy; and this is where I left the weaving for a few years, I didn’t use it again during the remainder of my degree

    black fancy ring; image not to be reproduced without permission

    black fancy ring; RMIT Yr2

    …though I did return to it for the Feast‘ exhibition at Studio 20/17 in 2009

    Nana's Trifle Recipe

    Nana’s Trifle Recipe

More tomorrow … this has turned out to be a longer trip down memory lane than I expected.

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Little brooch

22 08 2010

Last year I did an evening course at NMIT – it was called Leisure Jewellery and was basically studio access for people with jewellery experience and their own project, with an experienced jeweller on hand to ask questions.

I couldn’t find the energy or time to get to all of the sessions (working fulltime in an office can mean depleted energy by 6pm), but I used what time I did spend there ‘getting my hand back in’ so to speak. A little saw-piercing and a wee bit of soldering on the fitting…

It’s not conceptual at all, it’s not really even to my taste, but it gave me something to practice on. The pattern is based on the paper I used to weave my necklace in second year.

little brooch

paper that inspired the design

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My work: ‘Nana’s Trifle Recipe’

29 12 2009

In my last post on my ‘Feast‘ pieces, a little more detail on the second piece in the series ‘Nana ALWAYS brings the trifle‘: ‘Nana’s Trifle Recipe‘.

I’ve written before about how I came to weave paper and silver here; and for me it’s almost a way of preserving the paper and making it more precious.

photograph not to be reproduced without permission

This piece was woven from an A5 piece of note paper my Nana wrote her trifle recipe on – you can see the blue pen writing and that the back of the note paper was pink with a hot pink edge. I cut the paper into four strips initially, each about 5cm wide, and then cut 1.5mm strips into each of these. I started with the first group, and as the weaving came to the end of that paper, spliced in the next group, and so on. In the end, the woven strip was about 5cm by about 70-75cm (I started with 80cm of paper, but it ends up a bit shorter due to overlap when splicing and weaving around the silver).

photograph not to be reproduced without permission

The above image shows that the shape is held together with a silver pin, the shape of a bobby pin (which I actually was using during the initial decision-making stage) but with a loop on the top. This isn’t permanently fastened, so the piece can be repositioned and reshaped at will, as long as it can then be re-secured with the pin.

It can be worn as a brooch (above), which I like to think of as a ‘corsage’ given it references my Nana; or the pin removed and slipped on to a necklet (below).

photograph not to be reproduced without permission

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My work: ‘Nana’s Trifle Bowl’

28 12 2009

A little more detail on the first piece in the ‘Feast‘ series ‘Nana ALWAYS brings the trifle‘: ‘Nana’s Trifle Bowl‘.

I suppose it’s pretty obvious where this piece is derived from – the bowl itself.

detail; photograph not to be reproduced without permission

The formed panels on top were created from thinly-rolled fine silver, from buttons I melted from scrap metal in my final week at uni – the method is one I liked using in previous work. They were then pressed, so pieces overlapped each other, on the super-sculpey mold in the previous post. Yes the sculpey does shatter, but the metal was super-soft and I was careful with the pressure, so it didn’t go everywhere nor ruin the pressed pieces, but it did mean the sculpey mold couldn’t be used again.

scan (not photo; hence poor quality) of pressed pieces

After a bit of experimenting, I finally chose which of the ten pressed pieces to use. So next the perspex and sterling silver layer were saw-pierced together, using a pattern I developed from pencil rubbings of the outside of the bowl which was ultimately informed by which pressed pieces I chose – if I’d chosen others, then the shape may have been entirely different.

Then the silver layer was annealed and shaped against the side of the bowl, so its contour matched the bowl exactly. And the pressed pieces were also annealed and pressed against the bowl (with a burnisher), to make the detail more accurate and pronounced and to give them the same curvature as the bowl and silver layer.

Then lots of experimenting to figure out the layers heights. It was at this point that it came to me that the piece would make more sense as an object standing on the table than it would as a brooch or wearable piece.

working out the layering

Then a simple matter of drilling where necessary, making the ‘stake’ rivets, finishing each of the layers and putting it all together!

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