Also I have been involved with a networking group for creatives for Plymouth and the South West. The group is called Doo:zie SW and it’s first event is at Radient/Rumpus Cosy on the 24th September, from 6-9pm.
For the past few weeks I have been participating in a course at the FabLab at Plymouth College of Art. The FabLab has 3D printers, CNC milling and router machines and a laser cutter and this technology is at the cutting edge of art, craft and design. We also to become competent using Rhino 5 CAD software. This enables you to generate 3D work which can be printed on a 3D printer.
My project was to create a section of a larger piece and these sections will be cast in glass. The interior negative space has a grid pattern with lots of undercuts. So printing on a 3D printer is the ideal solution as the PLA plastic will burn out in a kiln.
Ideal for lost “wax” style casting. I will probably make a silicone mould of the printed model and then I can make many wax casts.
From these I can make refractory moulds for different coloured glass.
My main focus has been on the grids and tessellation of windows, and the piece that I am working on uses the main round window of the Gosplan Garage by Konstantin Melinkov.
I started to make my model from clay but I decided to use polystyrene instead. I used wooden coffee stirrers for the window frames. However I had problems with gaps so I had to cut out, accurately, cartridge paper to cover these gaps.
From this I made a silicone mould so that I could make wax casts. There was problems with the window frame details breaking off or the wax not getting into the channels, so I did a silicone cast form the silicone mould which worked perfectly. I used the rest of the polystyrene ball to make a mould. This half-sphere mould could be filled or partially filled to create sections in wax, as if sliced in half or thirds.
I eventually made open-cast plaster/flint moulds of all the sections.
When these came out of the kiln, I set about grinding them smooth so that I can assemble them as complete pieces.
I plan to fuse the sections together by making moulds and stacking the sections within these moulds and firing them in the kiln.
Crafts Council announces the 39 new makers selected for Hothouse 2015 The Crafts Council has selected 39 makers to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.
Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme for new makers. Over the last four years 122 participants have completed the programme with 100% of last year’s cohort of 38 saying that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.
This is the first year that Craft Scotland has sponsored a cohort of six makers all based in Scotland. Other new regional partners include Manchester Craft & Design Centre and Manchester School of Art.
The 39 makers selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality but the programme, which starts in February 2015, will equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft practice.
I also had to tighten up the lettering as the characters had started to fill and I wanted to sharpen up the typography. So I was now able to paste this onto the finished cartoon.