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Archive for July, 2012
The edge of hardware cloth can be sharp enough to wound. Bound on a rope to act as an edging.
Then filled in the border with a couple of stitches.
I am considering binding pennies onto the border with a message in Tap code. In Tap code the letters of the alphabet are laid out in a 5×5 grid.
The code for E is 1,5. The code for the letter K is the same as the letter C.
Often when I refer to Tap code I actually use a grid of 11, 5 spaces for the row and 5 spaces for the column with a space between. I fill in the empty spaces with a filler component; and add three spacers at the start of words, in between words, and at the end of words. This is a quick example of how I start laying out text in code–
I am pretty sure that I am going to give the background an application of liquid starch before binding the blocks to it. The starch will prevent fraying and any knots from coming undone. Usually the “fabric” will feel quite like canvas.
Or I might decide to age the hardware cloth which will alter the appearance of the fiber. The appearance of weeping stain might occur.
Today I opened a fresh roll of hardware cloth. It is springy and the edges sharp. Rather than standing on it and rolling it out on the floor, I slung it over the rod in my studio. Then I ran the hardware cloth behind the rod and fed it through.
I was able to unroll and straighten at the same time. The piece of blue tape was for marking my place to cut. To prevent the hardware cloth from springing about while I was cutting it, I inserted a couple of cup hooks in the wall.
Sometimes something simple and unexpected happens to make work a bit easier.
Today I was reading a Booooooom post and saw this image. I like the quiet elegance.
According to the post the work is by John von Bergen. Since I liked the work so much I googled him. In doing so I found that there are two people with the same name who make sculpture.
This is the site of John von Bergen who made the piece–
Check out the pdf for more images and information about his work.
So the very cool thing is that the other John von Bergen is a sculptor who has a description of the sand casting process with a short video of a pour on his site. I do miss casting.
This is his site–
And this is the url for the sand casting information and the video of a pour is near the bottom of the page–
I picked this image because I like that it looks a bit sharp and pointy and yet protective.
The additional blocks will add–or make your own luck.
The total message will be–
see a penny
pick it up
all the day
have good luck
make your own luck
More cutting, hole punching, and binding tomorrow.
Tonight completed all 180 “blocks” for my current Make Your Own Luck piece.
The plan is to attach the blocks to a piece of 1″ hardware cloth to make the piece more stable and stronger for hanging. Since the “blocks” are approximately 1 3/4″ there will be space between for a reinforced stitched border.