Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Fascinating day of lectures and demos on Digital Craft at the LMU Digital Manufacturing Centre. Demos included Digital Printing and Embroidery and the possibilities of the Laser cutting equipment. The picture is of laser etching on leather (apparently very smelly). Gina Pierce used layering to trigger memories and association. Her research into old maps of Spitalfields is translated into multilayerd printed fabrics, the etching away of the top layer with the laser is like an archaeologist scraping away a layer of soil.
One point that came up in the lectures was that we tend to become selectors and editors when we use digital mediums but that we can use the technology to allow creative minds to innovate.
For me the highlight was the SLS machine in action. Selective Laser Sintering is a form of Rapid Prototyping where 3D items are 'printed' from Nylon, ceramic or metal powders. The layers of powder are .1mm thick and, in the machine we saw 'welded', by a computer guided laser rather like assembling an exceptionally precise 3d slice-form model. The picture shows a SLS 'egg' approx 6cm long.
More info on LMU Manufacturing Centre http://www.metropolitanworks.org
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Carol Quarini, Jane Atkinson, Denise Watts and myself are exhibiting as 'Twist' in the Old Library at Highcliffe Castle in Dorset.
For Rhythms & Cycles I've been focusing on the relationship between lace and death.
The Old Library is approx 6m x 12m with 6m high ceilings so we had plenty of room to work with, producing between 2 and 5 exhibits each.
It was a real pleasure to work with professional staff who ran up ladders, leveled pictures and built plinths to order.
The exhibition runs to 27th October and I have several more 'Meet the Artist' sessions to do.