Sculpture in the City

Escalator Brief:

Whist the original artwork is available as requested this information may help by putting the artwork in the context of my range of studio activity. The artworks below falls within the collective working title: ‘Material Colour’

The artwork submitted; ‘Katmanli Kilimz’ [above] is a digital print on canvas and is over 5 metres long and 1.2 metres wide. It works as a roller blind and is not stretched. ‘Katmanli Kilimz’ was produced whilst I was Artist in Residence at Gemini Digital in Bridgend, Wales, funded by Arts Council Wales and Artwork Wales. Large format Digital Inkjet printing was the subject of my residency. The photo above is from Kansas City, USA, where I participated in a Digital Textiles conference and exhibition. In Turkish the title ‘Katmanli Kilimz’ refers to geological layering and kilims randomly stacked in a shop or warehouse. All Turkish regions are represented in the overall design. From this perspective I see the images as ‘things seen’ with detailed observation, not as abstract image making.

The Background: ‘Digital Recycling’ was one outcome from my research methods. I discovered that I could recycle images once thought to be closed or completed and reopen them for further scrutiny using the digital matrix. The images above and below were originally completed as a watercolour painting but here greatly enlarged and edited. No single band of colour escaped being re-edited and placed in a new enlarged and expanded composition. Digital compositions and printed outcomes are the mainstay of my current practice.

‘GGG’ (Giant Gemini Gicleé) Hand Embellished with Holographic Foil discs and Particle Glitter

The Law School Mural – University of Strathclyde, Scotland

A New Printing Method – Dye Sublimation Printing: Most of my academic research was the development of Digital Print on textile substrates, including Synthetic Felt. ‘Dye Sublimation’ printing is a completely different print technology and process. Its advantage for my work was that the ‘Dye-Sub’ method could be applied to many materials including Ceramics, Plastics, Glass, Metal and is very common in the Giftware and Fashion industry. It is limited by the use of Polyester Coating being required for the dye to fix to the surface and requires the use of a hot-press. The print is digitally applied to paper then heat-transferred to the substrate. The images above were transferred to synthetic felt, the synthetic fibre is very receptive to the dye-stuff. The images were otherwise embellished in the same manner as the ‘Katmanli Kilimz’ image above.

‘Touching Glasgow’ All the images were found in Glasgow, each group of discs were roughly different narrative subjects. 112 discs made up the mural. The large central group shows the first map of Glasgow from 1863 with the then new university on it. Special lighting was used to illuminate the foil and glitter. Printing has dominated most of my work for a decade or two.

‘PORTAL’ 81 Felt parts 150mm dia in a grid format with painted background[s] A Digital ‘Dye-Sub’ print of the original objects.

‘PORTAL’ Both versions are the same objects with different painted background[s] The original parts were machine made felt, embroidered and bonded to thick natural wool felt.

Below: New prints with new technology. Synthetic Translucent Tracing paper enables a ‘see-through’ surface with images on both sides.

‘The Quilt Maker’s Garden’ A3 Seen from the Front face on a Black Background with Outline only. It is possible to print with foil directly on this black drawing; currently in development. The foreground design is based on a Quilt Design Template method learned in Turkey.

‘The Quilt Maker’s Garden’ reversed and seen on the verso [rear] face in CMYK colour.The Background is based on Tamil Type and Colour from India and Turkish Felt-making process.

‘The Quilt Maker’s Garden’ 42cm X 42cm. The same Adobe Illustrator digital drawing but recycled to become a Laser Cut Lino Block. The image is ‘Blind Embossed’ into the Lino Block using an Etching Press, minus the ink. The image is in low relief on 415gsm paper in a natural cotton colour. Currently on show at the Teeside17 CIC Print Show. (Commended)

Printing in 3-Dimensions:

C-U-B-O-I-D’ The original drawing using Google ‘Sketch-up’ prior to printing in 3-Dimensions. The X-Ray vision is a sample of the programmes flexibility with describing 3-dimensional objects as surfaces and voids. 1250 layers of printed nylon material make up the objects fabrication. The drawing is available as a Limited Edition Digital Print.

C-U-B-O-I-D’ The ‘Object as Word’. Exhibited in ‘The Letter as Art‘ with the Gloucestershire Printmakers Collective, (GPC) Stroud Museum in the Park. The actual printed object viewed on a mirror to show the underside. The object does not have a ‘right way up’. The letters are hollow and solid and voids and can be seen through, together they spell the word ‘Cuboid’, 6 surfaces with 1 letter each.

Printing in 3-Dimensions with 32 Moving parts:

R-O-T-A-T-I-O-N‘ The ‘Object as Word’. Exhibited in ‘The Letter as Art‘ with the Gloucestershire Printmakers Collective, (GPC) Stroud Museum in the Park. Each letter rotates in a horizontal or vertical direction. Printed with 32 moving parts all completely flexible directly from the printer. Funded by SouthWest Arts and Printed by C.A.L.M. at Exeter University.

Public Artworks in Kings Cross, London

Drawing – Ongoing throughout the making period.

The drawings are key to the method of working. The metal mural [Lower Image] is based on a ‘Printers Type Chase’ the frame that secures the type in the press bed. Drawn in Adobe Illustrator and CNC Routed in Polyurethane Foam panels and made Foundry Ready. The words are names of companies or occupants of the area and the site. The background is the first map to show all the new technology of the day, including the first Tube Train Tunnel, still visible on site.

Artists Impression:

I am experienced in visualising artwork in a large format for the public domain. I am confident the application of the brightly coloured image would work in the surroundings on whichever site will produce the best effect. It fits perfectly with my Digital Recycling process and my interest in new print technologies. I would be especially interested in the production and application process and be happy to participate in its execution.