Wednesday, July 25, 2012

negative space

This post is long over due!  While in the flurry of all my activities in the last few months although all so very exciting, the down side was it left me very little quality time for blogging.  The things I really wanted to blog about just had to be put aside - filed for a later date...

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.

10 comments:

  1. wow, so interesting, and what a great idea!

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    1. Hi Mieke, I'll be using this again, for sure!

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  2. K- an amazing resource to discover and such clean cuts for the words on the utensils. B

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    1. B - that is was, it amazed me with the precision, there was no time for experiementation on this one either, I was thrilled it worked!

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    1. Hi Robyn, I hope you ahd a lovely break! The handles on them are really kool too.

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  4. What amazing work..and what fun to watch it!

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    1. it was nice to learn about a new technique as well, Fiona.

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    1. Hi Marilena, gets the juices flowing for thought in future projects!

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