When I make things I often do so obsessively, repeating things over and again until I have what I want. I’m sure this is a throwback from doing hours of flute practice in order to be able to play notes and to get techniques perfect. I’ve been making more samples that have been coloured solely with materials that I have collected from the ground: sea-coal, clay and chalk. I’ve tried grinding the ‘pigments’ to different sizes, experimented with heavy, light, loosely woven and tight textured cloth and fiddled around with different percentages of linseed oil and beeswax to make the binder. I now have enough samples that I’m happy with to enable me to start on the fun bit ….. the construction and putting together to see what is possible.
I started simply by folding one sample over another or placing eyelets on top of one another or wrapping a piece round an edge. Just to see what would happen. I tried many combinations.
I love the blend of coarsely ground chalk and the creamy waxiness of the binder …….
and here there was an especially thick layer of wax that cracked on a fold. It’s very fragile, but is food for thought.
This was the last sample I made, and to use everything up I threw all the last bits of grindings into the wax pot. The result is surprisingly good.
These eyelets have been rusted with sea water before having a coating of the wax mixture and a trace of sea-coal.
I’m finally happy with the arrangement of each piece so now I need to sew them together. But I’m wondering! These samples are small ….. I wonder how they would look big?