•September 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The previous test was anchored to a wall. I wasn’t sure if I wanted this to be against a wall- I was temped by the idea of a free-standing piece. This brought in the use of marine block and tackle to suggest movement. I liked the idea of creating balance- and returning to a state of equilibrium when the weights changed/were jolted or moved by the audience.

The water being used as a weight brought forward many other options. I was tempted by the use of water within a plastic sheet surrounded by weights to hold the water suspended in the centre.

•September 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Coming up to proposing a final design/idea for the Degree show, I felt I needed something different. I wanted to use the idea of tension, weight and balance within the piece but the expanding foam, as a material and in the netted context wasn’t working.

I felt the expanding foam/net lacked form. I had previously attempted to search for a higher meaning to my work through material use. I used Antonio Gaudi and his work with the Sagrada Familia. I found the use of sand bags and line to create the foundations for the structure/architecture of the Sagrada Familia very interesting. This was using anchor points of the strings, the length of the strongs and the weights attached to them to create the ceiling archs within the church. This lead my interest in the Caternary Curve- also known as the ‘perfect curve’.

Antonio Gaudi – The construction plan for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

I decided to simplify the idea of using multiple curves to using one single line. I attemped to create the curve focusing on specific anchor points and weight. I decided to go back to using water as a weight. Water is quite unpredictable in its own right, yet in Japanese stories and culture water is known as the strongest element. Water is powerful, it can wash away fire, earth and destroy metal.

This was a quick test to determine how the water/weight/anchor point work could be successful as a larger piece.

Another material

•September 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Wanted to experiment with another material- next being bread dough. I wanted to see whether the fluditiy of the dough allowed for a similar growth within the netting as the yeast reacted with the oxygen. Due to the mixtures content and more liquid characteristics the dough quickly fell through the netting without holding form. The dough was therefore slightly unsuccessful in this instance.

Even though I felt the dough didn’t work the way I envisioned, I found it to create quite an interesting slow moving process- reminding me of the expanding foam.

•September 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The movement of the expanding foam breaking free from the netting is difficult to capture even with before and after shots. Video might work better! Enjoyed the unpredictability of it all, I could only place the nozzle to direct the foam but after that I had little or no control over how it grew. Very reminiscent of fungi- has that natural slow movement- responding to its restrictive casing.

Bigger.

•September 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

 

 Moving onto larger pieces, wanted to create something that engulfed a space. Using the foam allowed for a morph, a change in the piece over time- both in its aesthetic qualities and texture. The growth of the work suggested a natural occurance, adapting to its netted, encolsed surroundings.

Colour??

•August 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Using the expanding foam as a tension creating material – it keeps all the usual building/construction based contexts and reminders. Since I want the audience to view the expanding foam for its beauty in this context and the fluidity within the segmented final outcome, colour seemed a simple way of changing the foam.

Tried to inject colour within the foam initially to attempt to allow the foam to determine where colour would be/wouldn’t be apparent. Used straws to do so..

Testing.

•August 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Since I enjoyed the morph in material when using the expanding foam I decided to test netting. Previously I had used the elastic hairnets, so I explored material, garden netting and fruit nets. Not only this, but size, way of hanging/tying together and position also came into consideration.

Garden netting and expanding foam ‘Heart’  —-  The garden netting is very structural- very reminiscent of steel rods used building framework. I like this suggestion that one is dependant upon the other. Form is created due to structure stabilising net.

Fruit bag net and expanding foam

Netted material and expanding foam —- Could be quite interesting to see whether the foam can withstand a larger gap/area to sustain itself in situ…

As can be seen from these three small test pieces- how the foam envelopes the form of the net is solely dependant upon how I handled the netting previous to injecting the foam. I like the obviousness of the inner framework as it escapes the foam.