Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Fluff Collecting


I made these on my year out between Alsager and the RCA. I went to Swindon to work in the Jolliffe Studio above the Wyverne theatre. I was trying to make new work for an exhibition in Stafford..which I really wasn't ready for. These are all different types of FLUFF collectors, pocket, trouser turnups and belly button fluff. Mail Artists send me samples of fluff from arund the world. (that wasn't a pleasant thing to recieve in some cases.).

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

more strange scissors..

A selection of strange scissors I made to cut, pierce and crimp paper for Mail Art purposes.
I made them by forging thinh steel rods...but I had a lot to learn about forging!
The small ones were so dainty, so I called them "ladies edge crimpers".
N.B..never try and record your work in strong sunlight..most of the early pictures are taken from slides and are the only record I have.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Drawing "module"



As part of my degree we had to do a sort of "drawing module"..now, I do love drawing, but I didn't see it as a separate thing to my making..so I got a bit shirty and decided to make dip pens and make scratchy marks with them and call that drawing (I had discovered I loved being in the metalwork room room and nothing could get me out of there easily)...All the objects above are my attempt to make pen nibs, using forged steel, nickel silver and brass rivets. I tried various ways to make ink reservoirs so I could draw for a long time without having to re-dip the nib. Joining other metals to steel proved trickier than I expected and I ended up breaking a lot of very fine drill bits as I wanted to connect them together with very fine copper rivets.

Both the pens above were made with two pieces of forged stell, held together by strips of wood and wire, the ones comes in a boxed set complete with blotting paper cleaning tools (as the steel soon went rusty if left).Fig A
The scissors, Fig C, were also forged and were for making holes in envelopes..more Mail Art influence.

Letter Frames

Made in the second year of my Craft Degree at Alsager. postcard sized copper wire frames..soldered with lead solder. Messages attached. On the right there are two 3D ones which slide open, but didn't survive the postal system well. These were made for my first real attempt at Mail Art, after I had been introduced to Michael.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Collar "Studs" 1981

I use a jewellers peg and tools...and did Jewellery at the RCA..so why don't I make jewellery?
See above...I made this for a competition when I was doing my degree at Alsager. Inspired by playing with meccano, these where to hold a collar fastened, but they didn't work very well and were very uncomfortable, it was at this point I decided to never make jewellery..for the safety and comfort of everyone..I didn't like having to think about it being practical and wearable. I didn't win the competition. But I did decide that I liked working with metal on this scale.

Trying to keep a record

A few people (including John Hegley) have been saying for a few years now that I should have an online blog of my own work. Teaching has gradually taken away most of that part of my brain where I think about my own projects, but I am going to attempt to bring it back to life in 2011. Starting off by showing a photo of my work bench that awaits me. Archie has been using it more then I have the last few weeks.
I will post some of my old work.. and write a little about each piece too.
I have a number of new pieces of work on the go, all influenced by the Mary Greg collection at Manchester Art Gallery, little spools of paper with shopping lists on and the start of a mending kit.
My workbench hasn't changed much since I was at the RCA in its layout, I still use the same hammer, pliers and piercing saw I used then. I always have a sketch book on the table next to me and radio 4 playing in the background...the more boring the story the more work I get done as I don't mind if I make a lot of noise...
I have the heater on in there now..it should be warm in an hour.