I mentioned in an earlier post that I plan to use some of the whittled forms that have been created at the aWay station as seeds for further works. Representing, reinterpreting, reinventing them in different materials, scales and forms.
The first iteration is coming together.
Starting with this little tool-like form in Monterey Cypress from the Headlands.
Of course the very first thing to do with a humble, hand-whittled form that arises from the material, the tool and the hand is to totally detach it from the real world and create a synthetic idealized form in the virtual world.
And then through a MUCH more time consuming (and irritating) process than the original whittling, to design a series of pattern pieces for what I call a ‘skin’.
Then print out at suitable scale (say 10 times in this case) to create pattern pieces I can work with. If I had my portable, pedal powered laser-cutter with me a the aWay station I’d be tempted to use it. But the hand-made version seems more in keeping with the project at hand.
Then from these I can cut pieces for the skin from any material I choose. I am using HDPE for this piece as it is easy to cut and punch and is about as far removed from the original material as I can get – sheets of shiny, translucent plastic.
Cut them out and lash them together – with good old zipties in this case. The lashing together feels almost as direct and as traditional a process as basket weaving or sewing.
It is a very different object from its source. It seems to have been dredged up from the depths – like something I might find on nearby Rodeo Beach perhaps?