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Self Portrait
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Currently I am undertaking an internship in Utrecht, Netherlands with the renowned design team consisting of Tejo Remy + Rene Veenhuizen. Through this blog I plan to document my design experience in Holland.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Magical 64 Pods

Finally after 6 months working on the design and construction of the Spinifex Screen for Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea 2010 I have hit the magical 64 pods, required to complete the sculpture. 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Reverse Art Truck

The other day I was in material heaven. I got off a red eyed flight to Melbourne and then made it my mission for the day to make it out to Reverse Art Truck. Reverse Art Truck collects industrial waste for creative re-use. I was on a mission to look for Cotton Plastic Spindles. I want the flared base of the spindles to use in my Spinifex sculpture. I was pretty fortunate to find about 60 of these random objects. So I filled up a massive garbage bag of these things and then trucked on home via public transport. I received many a curious looks, people commenting that I had a few dead body parts in my mystery bag. Along with the curious looks I also ran into a nice bloke who also tinkers about make sculptures from recycled metals.
After getting these gems home I woke up to some tight muscles from carting this bag of junk around all day and the thought that these treasures need to make it back to WA.
I have come up with a cunning plan, i have brought my bike across and I can disguise them as "sporting articles".
The Sculpture by the Sea Adventures are never endless!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Let there be light in Movember

Things have been a bit quite on the Blog front. Well let me explain... I literally feel like I have been working like a factory laborer in China. My hands are all blistered up and strengthening up with some nice callouses. The old industrial scissors are a little archaic to cut up endless meters of Brick Strapping for the sculpture by the sea submission. I think it is pretty humbling as a designer to be subjected to working like a slave on your own project. It means that I have a massive appreciation for people with hand skills and it also means that probably in future I won't be so ambitious when it comes to designing pretty pictures on the computer... because when it comes to the real deal it is a damn sight harder to create.
Luckily I have a very talented Dad who has saved me from RSI and blistering hands. Last week he came up with some more mechanised methods to cut all the plastic strips up. A pair of electric metal shears turned upside down and modified with a few guides has become my saviour.

So it is for this reason there is light at the end of the tunnel this Movember!

To perk things up even further good old Deal extreme is coming through with the goods. A set of LED flexible strip lights just arrived. I am planning on making my Sculptural piece a lit night time sculpture. However, tonight I just rigged it up to the old car battery only to be blinded by light!

On the Sustainable Exhibition design front. Well this week has been the tedious end of year clean up at Iona's Art Department. On my travels I came across a old box of test tubes which Lisa brought in a few weeks ago from a gara
ge sale. I stuck them in the kiln and fused these tubes together but at a temperature which enabled the glass to maintain it's shape and came up with a pretty exciting design idea... I will see were it goes in the next couple of weeks. 

Friday, November 13, 2009

Creative Tides Exhibition

I work as an Art Technician part time to supplement my income as an artist. Creative Tides is a professional exhibition which will be held at Iona Presentation College. It will be the third exhibition I have worked on installing and creating all the marketing materials for in the past year.

Anyway, this is the first opportunity I have to exhibit at the school, so as well as helping put the show together I will also be exhibiting. I would encourage everybody to attend.

Midland Atelier

Midland Atelier
The Water Tower Studio.

The Water Tower View

The Floor Mat

The Floor Mat
This is an organic looking floor mat I am creating. It was inspired by mold crawling up the wall