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Talking not Doing

Some actual geology

Pinks, violets and lilac aren’t normally found on stones in the wild. So all though it’s been fun to work with these colours I’ve also been working with more a more subdued palette. Here is my assistant examining the box of pebbles I’ve collected so far.


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Hodge Podge – 4

Well I was so busy running around and waiting in the queue at the bank I didn’t post this on time.

so I’ve been doing a little bit of everything. here is a picture of a chair to start with. Read the rest of this entry »


So another bank holiday, another trip to the countryside. In the garden they have these huge yew hedges. They are certainly a challenge to draw. There is large pallet of greens and the volume aren’t quiet regular enough to be reliable.

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Maybe this is something i shoud have documented the other week, but i was too busy having fun (making messes). Here is some research and some more thoughts on the process of making pebble paper and what goes into a composition.

You also get a quick peek of the cactus – they have mainly survived the summer. Sorry it’s taken so long to post, but i’ve not really had my word head on the last couple of days. Read the rest of this entry »

In the pink


stones are small pieces of rock. they may be bigger than houses in some cases, but if they have fallen off a mountain then they are stones. stones come in a variety of sizes, some classify anything bigger than sand as gravel, others have a more nuanced gradation of descriptions.
Pebbles are between 4 and 64 mmm in diametre. Cobbles are between 64 and 256 mm in size. Boulders between 256 and 630 mm. large boulders are bigger. so while you can now pick out the correct stone in an identity parade, what is it that makes stones interesting to look at.
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Paper, scissors: Stones

a boot up the arse

on monday i was out in town with Phil. after a viewing of decadent book bindings we scooted off to find paper at Cornelissen on Great Portland Street. some time they have rolls of 10 sheets of A1 colour paper for a fiver which often find there way home with me. I was inspired to make some rock sheets and get back to my stones. On the way home i raided the paper department of Paperchase on Tottenham court road were they some times have stuff on sale – another £10 out of the wallet.

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DNA necklace

So, I think I have cracked the structure of the necklace.


On the the left is the first version. The backbones curly beautifully, but the cross links are too short. This pulls everything out of line. Making the cross link longer as the example in the middle shows gives everything room to move into the correct place.
The loom shows the lay out of the bands to make this design.
It is made the same way the curly triples are made in last weeks post. The increasing loops are placed on the parallel pegs. The cross links are put on at the same time; Looped on the next round and hooked off the peg towards the mid line. The increase loop comes every third band, and the links every sixth round.

This image shows the second version in more detail. It has been partially unwound so that the cross links can be more easily seen. The strand was left half finished on the loom for a few days and so had a straight bit in it for a while, that required a bit of manipulation a.

I still haven’t decided on the colour way. Using the repeat of three colours is useful to keep track of the structure, however it’s a bit overpowering.

I’ll edit this post as I progress in this project.


Turning corners

Usually when I get interested in a new technique I want to push the limits as far as possible. It keeps me from getting bored. So far I’ve been making bracelets and necklaces from tubes of bands. Up to a certain dimension the tubes have enough flexibility to curve enough to go around a neck or wrist. But if you want more control you need to be able to creat bends in your work Read the rest of this entry »


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