Looking on Instagram I came across this artist who uses round and curved objects to create 3D structures/sculptures. The first image was interesting to me as it is a clever way of filling in a cut out circular shape with a crumpled material or medium, in this case ceramic. I enjoy the simple lines, the way the main sculpture is plain and smooth in contrast to the way the circle has been filled with texture and movement.
The second image is a great example of how to join a circle object – they look like lush soaps or bath bombs but are most likely made of clay or ceramic. These circular objects have been joined together with a thread or string to arrive at the shape the artist was looking for. I could use this method with beads or wool balls or even tenis 🎾.
I experimented with beer cans (good excuse to have a drink). The can is easy to cut with scissors. I made holes with a hole puncher and then I joined them together with some paper clips. I could easily build a big surface of these and they would look good as a huge installation where if hang outside would make a gentle metal noise against the wind, almost like a giant wind chime. I experimented on photoshop and imagined how this would look like by the seaside. An installation made of all the plastics and cans found on the beach hoping that people would start to listen to how we are ruining our environment with our waste (naive you are thinking 🤔 I know!)
Actually this would also work with Some finger pulls, then I would really be recycling every part of the can.
Above: I experimented with some objects in the house just to see how I would join different media and materials. I experimented with some bulldog clips, these had the strength to hold the glasses together as they serve as miniature clamps (Clever little things these bulldogs!). The edges of the glass joined flush while making a diamond shape in the middle.
I practiced on photo shop to see what it would look like if I had loads of glasses. It’s interesting to see that actually my bulldog clips are starting to became a feature and can create a pattern.
I moved on to fabric. I cut calico into circle shapes and joined them with wool using a crochet stitch. This method is good if you want to fill in all the gaps in between the circles making it all one surface without gaps.
Above: I did a quick sketch with my ipencil to see how this sample would work as a 3D form.
I then experimented on photoshop to see what My 3d ball wild look like as a huge installation a similar concept to what Christo and Jeanne-Claude did with their huge installations of wrapping buildings and lakes. My one, would be a huge ball of copper and metal wire. The wire would be crochet like my sample above; allowing the light to travel through. My other idea would be the same ball in a huge scale happily floating on the sea. I know! Far out… but is it?
below: I cut some straws into 1cm long and stitched them together pocking a hole through the diameter of the straw with a needle. It was interesting to see that I could experiment with the colours of the straws but also I had the option to make the thread a feature too. I could also play and change the rhythm of the straws and this could make a pattern using the gaps in between the straws, almost playing with the absence of the material.
A lot to think about!
Below: Using straws I threaded some cotton thread. This time through the holes of the straw and constructed a repetitive pattern, alternating the rhythm of the slightly distorted squares. Although the straws are curved, because I have cut them a longer length the structure holds its shape better than if I had cut them shorter.
Above I have cut the straws and threaded some cotton to arrive at a looser structure that is aloud to move freely creating a sense of movement.
Above: I am just playing with ideas trying to visualise how I would use these structures in a huge scale using metal poles instead of straws.
I had these long foam sticks that I had recycled from work and I new one day they would come useful. I cut them into my desired thickness and then I joined them with some copper wire. No real surprises to the outcome. Another way to create a structure.The copper wire works well to hold the pieces of foam in place.
I continued to experiment with the foams and a different formation this time joining the pieces with cotton thread. The pieces didn’t hold as well, the wire thread worked better as I could manipulate the right tension. With this formation there was less gaps/absent material.
Above: I experimented with wool thread and my foam circular forms. This time I stitched them from the side of the circles. The stitches became part of the structure leaving hardly no gaps in between the circles, almost like arrows. The circles are disappearing camouflaged by the pink thread. The interesting part of this sample is that it can be manipulated in different shapes.
Above I cut some shapes out of a calico piece of fabric. I then filled the gaps with different types of fabric and textures. Using blanket stitch and overlooking stitch. I have not much to say about this, this sample demonstrates how I would use different stitches to fill a gap and to adapt to the fabric/material I have to work with.
Above: In this sample I cut some circles and filled them up with some plastic netting (washing scourer) and some metal copper scourer. The effect is not appreciated in the photo.
I placed my sample on top of a photograph I took in Santiago. I wanted experiment with the transparency of the copper. I enjoy the overall effect as it looks like rust effects. Interesting print!
More joints of curved edges this time cutting some circles and joining them from each diameter with a stitch. Joining them like this allows the circle to move and open to disclose space/emptiness like windows.
Looking around the house I found a few examples of how to join curved edges. Above is a crochet panel I made. I joined the curved edges by sewing some of the edges of the circular flower, this method made the stitching invisible so it doesn’t distract from the flowery design.
I observed how my Dr Martens have been stitched around the curved edges. Machine stitching it three times to reinforce and make te leader stronger and flexible.
So there is many ways to join curved edges it all depends on what materials or look you want. Sometimes the design might need an invisible stitch so it doesn’t distract from the main design. In other designs the stitch becomes part of the design like on my dr martens. The classic yellow stitch on the rubber of doc martens has become a feature on the overall design of the boot. The joint used would depend on the materials used and the purpose of the object and of course the desired overall look.
Above: I sketch of ideas for this sample.
I practiced joining leaves with crochet. The leaves are curved so for some of the narrower areas I had to add some stitches so the edges would join better. I crochet the leaves with a thin cotton thread in yellow to contrast the green. I like the delicacy and sensitivity of this sample it is may favourite one from this exercise.