a map of hyper-space

Talking not Doing

Dragons in play

Inspired By 2018 has been launched so it’s time to knuckle down and get on with printing Origami Buscuit Barrels.

First of all I had to go shopping. For Lino and a new extra fine u-gouge (0.5mm). I decided I didn’t like the quality of the line in the original test prints. Here is a a second stage of the block with the more delicate lines and more practice with cutting scales.

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The block for the vase is 66cm square. And the only size Lino with that minimum dimension was 90cm! That gives lots of ‘scrap’ to experiment with ( and make a block for the lid).

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Here is the block on the press bed. As you can see they are almost the same width. This is going to make printing a bit of a nightmare as the difference in pressure across the press will be marked. The grooves on the block are folding marks for the origami and to mark out areas for the dragons to go

I also processed the sketches I made so that could mock up the design on the pot. Definitely room for improvements in some cases – a bit smaller? a little rearranging of some bodies?

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Earlier in the summer I bought some Cobalt Relief Ink for the project, unfortunate it was not terribly suitable. The recipe has driers which made it difficult to get a good even covering on such a large block. I chose the Cobalt because of its use as a slip in ceramic production. But practically I’ll need to make up an appropriate colour from those available in the studio, here are some of my notes.

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MER

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Life still rather off course

So here is an update on Nigel 3.0. (Not a cat)

so about half way down you can see a pulled stitch. That’s where I got to last time with a circumference of 25 stitches. Now the circumference is about five times that length. 

I shall keep going until I finish the two balls of yarn. Then we’ll see what comes out of using such a small rate of expansion 26/25. I’ll post updates here because hopefully by next week I’ll have more of my life back (beyond being able to count to 25).
MER 

Brick space is crashing my life

So here is a picture of a cat. That’s what the internet is for an’t it. 

MER


There be Dragons

I made a test plate for the Lino block for the Dragon Biscuit Tin. It’s okay in parts. But not loverly. Read the rest of this entry »

Time out…

 Things are a bit hard at the moment, so although I’ve lots of stuff done and lots of stuff on going you’re getting a shed picture.
Yeah individual strawberry pavlova and strawberry tea just about sums it up. I’m okay really, just had a few things flagged up that are going to take a while to process.

The first few weeks of term I was busy with a commission (is it still a commission if you commission yourself?).

Now I can step back and work out what I want to do next.

– I’m not sure if the V&A are doing Inspired By any more so there’s no rush with the dragon pot but I still want to finish it

– There are always more Maps

– Or there is option C

So it goes

MER

How my Brain works part 1

The new term looms and what I am wondering am I going to go with my big open ended projects. Then a friend is having a big birthday and I think; make a map to find the next big party. There was a lot more going on in that thought as it came here is an attempt to untangle it for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Arte Postale 17 2/2

Here are my last set of postcards. Thanks every one that took part Read the rest of this entry »

Yet another distraction…

I probably should have made oooh Shiny! a tag a long time ago. Admittedly I have been playing around with this particular Shiny for a while now but It’s only just reach peak Hyperspace. It took a long time for me to get into crochet (until I finally crumpled under the boredom of knitting) an almost immediately went off piste, and now I have succumbed to the hypnotic counting of Hyperbolic Crochet. Read the rest of this entry »

Circling Around

This post is about the project that was going to be my summer (out of the studio) project, with plenty of time to get a minimalist Mokuhanga under my belt and its the last weekend of August and I’ve only just got the proofs printed. This little project is a little leaf on the very end of a tenuous branch of investigation with it’s roots in all sorts of places. Read the rest of this entry »

Map VIII -Exercises in Futility

I tried to do some new sketches for my 64 maps of hyperspace. It was hard. I even wrote some blurb, but I lost it. Anyway here are some examples of three weeks of frustration. When I’m feeling a little more relaxed about the experiment I’ll come back and comment on them fully. Read the rest of this entry »