Investigating alternative materials, processes.
Wool/ Yarn: has a quality of innocence about it possibly through a physical similarity to hair or spiders web, after exploring the medium for canvases towards the large scale 3D installations, my understanding of its representation has been explored, utilising combinations of synthetic, natural and alternative materials including cotton mixes.
Hair braiding is the closest a human gets to weaving a web with ones own bio matter, across the nordic nations, Africa, and Asia, each with its own customs of representation through hair developed over eons from the very tribal and simple system of locking used by the Babylonians, Rastafarian, viking and mythologised seductive writhing Gorgon sister legend Medusa. Other fairer more intricate methods from eastern Asia denoted a cultured, passive, thoughtful approach to the human matrices. Contemporary practices are very much the same in basis but with the addition of weaving and expressive showcases, an extension to haute couture. Hair meets art.
Placing a model at the nexus of an installation may be suggestive of cultural, synaptic, or psychological direction.
3D printing/ 3D pen: currently these handheld devices are available for small projects
Futuristic language; Cities, CBD development, architectural, modernist
Traditional resistant materials
Solid Metals: including aluminium, bronze, steel incur own practicalities in relation to cost, scale, weight and risk, potential to use rods as miniaturised scaffold with slot or clamp system, or welded rods.
Metal Cable/ Steel: Potentially suitable, alternative to thread, concerns. Stress limits of supporting structures. Issues dependant on girth/ weight of cable. Major installations only.
Timber: potential cost effective alternative to metal beams. Click and connect joins, weather and humidity restrictive . Meccanno joint system potential.
Plastics: Needs to be polished. focus on interior fluid/ item
Jute or synthetic material, either suitable for in an d outdoor projects, jute within natural environment, shipping, historic portage, ports of transatlantic slave trade.
Synthetic material: more suitable for outdoor projects, durable, locations: architectural projects, mostly as with jute rope
Dimensional, multiple pov.
Akin to natural webs, spider, silk work (Chinese trade) historical. Chinese dynasties
Bio/ Organic matter. The Exciting stuff! 🙂
Live Insects/ Parasites. Silk Worm – ref chinese/ US trade . mosquitoes – ref disease and aid or 3rd refugee crisis
Cultured Mould: environmental decay or microcosm of the urban envirionment. Brexit! Farage.
Food waste. decomposed? Pollution/ over consumption/ (1st) developed world consumerism/ Food banks
Plasma: Currently possess 80ltrs. ref: genetics/ disease/ health/ diaspora
Risk: biological . require PPE. risk assessment