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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

end of year exhibition

i got bored when i was in the country. this is what i did for the 3D sculpture part of visual studies

the front piece is a warp of plastic fishing line, which is tough enough to handle a weft of bramble and gorse stalks. for those not familiar with gorse, it's prickly as hell and almost impossible to weave with. you really need a shed about 20 cm deep to expect to not be snagging warp threads while using it. the warp was a chaotic mess by the time i'd finished using the gorse, the brambles were very little trouble on the other hand

and this is a flower, think i had a picture up of this in unpainted state a while back. as you can see it's made out of gardening wire and masking tape




the tutors thought the straw hanging all over it was intentional, something to do with the interface between nature and artifice. the truth is i ripped the wire out of a tangle of weeds.

the suit is sort of an idea i had for aggressive textiles. textiles that harm rather than heal, y'know. the next thing i'm wanting to work with is razor wire, but it's quite expensive (about £44 for a 10 metre roll, and i think you might need a special license), so i might settle for barbed wire for the time being. it's completely frivolous of course, and has no practical applications. it occured to me you could wear sharp stuff to demonstrations and the police wouldn't be able to grab a hold of you, but then you'd hurt innocent passers-by and fellow protestors, rather self-defeating. fetish-wierdos might go for it, but i don't want to get into that market

just a bit of fun really. surprisingly enough you can actually run in that suit.