Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

Crystals and Lack of Control

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

I recently read a post on Christine Mauerberger blog regarding growing crystals on leaves. Got me to thinking about several pieces that I made a few years back. One of the pieces was really beautiful, but became annoyingly ugly.

This is the original piece before salting. The piece is composed of fired stoneware, metal, and fiber.

Original Piece

Detail of the piece after being submerged in a solution of hot water and borax.


And two details of the crystals on the piece today.

Crystal Changes Detail 1

Crystal Changes Detail 2

Curious why the change so I googled it. Found Andrew Dominic Fortes’ Crystal Growing page. It has some great information.

Change–Bound Pods

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Been thinking about binding pods together to make a vessel. Gave it a go yesterday, but didn’t feel connected to the piece.

Bound Pods

When I took the piece apart I started thinking about what pods mean. They are containers. The contents can become new plants. What about the pods? New containers for something else?

Change Front

Change Front with 18 Pennies.

Change Front

Change Back, Dots to be Drilled. Then to be Bound.

Some Ideas–

Pods, Containers, Protection, Secrete, Hide
Seeds, Source, Potential
Grow, Growth
Cycle, Pattern, Rhythm
Origin, Propagate

Alter, Replace, Transform, Evolve, Mimic, Echo
Coins, Pennies, Nickels, Dimes

Change Code
Morse and Tap
c -.-. 1,3
h …. 2,3
a .- 1,1
n -. 3,3
g –. 2,2
e . 1,5

And then there are these beautiful bits. The seeds were on either side.

Interior Bits

Sticks and Stones In Progress–Hit a Snag

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Stitched together the front, fiber blanket, and the back.



Originally planned to use the edge of the blanket as the border, but thought that the piece needed more. Took a look at my rope supply and now thinking about it. Thought of the possibility of using birch branches as a frame.

Also what is the best method for hanging the piece?

Sisal Rope

Detail of piece with sisal rope.

Jute Rope

Detail of piece with jute rope.

Coconut Rope

Detail of piece with coconut fiber rope.

Sticks and Stones In Progress—Application of Stiffener

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Applied a stiffener to the hemp sections–right, left, top, bottom. Then applied another application of the sittener to the entire piece.

The stiffener helps to keep everything in place. It also can change the color, texture, and visual feel of the piece.

Need to find a rust colored yarn to bind the three pieces together. If I can’t find what I want, I will use the last bit of rust colored wool that I have. If it is not enough, I am will use gray wool to finish the piece.

Stiffener Applied

Stiffener Applied Detail

Sticks and Stones In Progress–Stitched Piece on Fiber

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Piece on Fiber

Stitched Border and Filled Background on Fiber

Top and Right Side on Fiber

Detail Top and Right Side

Left Side on Fiber

Detail Left Side

Bottom Detail on Fiber

Detail Bottom

Sticks and Stones In Progress–Left Border

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Left Border

Sticks and Stones Left Border

Sticks and Stones In Progress–Borders

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Border Right Side

Border Right Side

Border Bottom

Border Bottom

Sticks and Stones Hemp Filler Background

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Hemp BG5

HempBg Detail

The lighter colored hemp for the background is a nice contrast to the grey color of the stones.

Next comes the border. Something geometrical I should think. Most of the lose ends will be bound into the border.

Then comes binding together the sticks and stones component, the coco fiber, and the additional piece of metal mesh.

The sticks and stones component still has a bit of a bow. Might be a good idea to construct a wood frame and insert it between the coco fiber and the second piece of metal mesh.

Sticks and Stones In Progress–Hemp Background Filler

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Hemp Filler Detail

Sticks and Stones–Application No Wax Floor Shield

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Application No Wax Floor Shield

Application No Wax Shield