In the process of making artworks for my recent solo show and working with words gave me an opportunity to explore a few new techniques - Waterjet Cutting and negative space. After doing the ring around I found Steve Powell at Caloundra Waterjet Cutting. Steve was extremely helpful, we discussed my idea of creating a negative space with two chosen words (from my list) one on each of two vintage kitchen utensils. Steve proceeded to show me samples in his office/showroom and explained how it was do'able - woohoo, to easy!
Some photgraphs of samples showcased in the display room...
This steel by memory was over one inch thick!
When I rocked up Steve was working on a project, I was so intrigued Steve showed me around his workshop and explained how the waterjet machine operated.
Amazing and inspiring! This steel is a lot thicker than it looks, and it was cutting it like butter.
More samples cut in different materials - top 'cog' and 'bicycle' below both in marble, showcasing the extremes which are achievable. The Cog is chunky, about one inch thick (perhaps a little thicker) and around 4 to 5 inches high whereas the bicycle is approx. 3 to 4 inches high and very delicate.
A Kokopelli mobile - very delicate and each section moves. Steve has an keen interest in Kinetics and an artistic flair with his work (see in his gallery ) I knew I had found the right man for the job!
And the results - my vintage kitchen utensils (apologies for the poor quality image tis the only photo I have of them at this stage), to complete the works each utensil was mounted on a separate rectangle piece of 10mm (approx.) thick white plexiglass.