- Structure I
- W.594mm × H.841mm
I’ve been conducting a little experiment over the last couple of days to create a plastic from milk using a little heat and a splash of white wine vinegar. It’s gone pretty well so far. Although my final lump of plastic pictured is a little cracked because I left it setting too long before moulding it.
When heating and mixing milk and vinegar elements within the two liquids separate and bond forming small whitish lumps as in the second picture above. This can then be sieved out from the clear liquid and moulded. It takes about two days to set at room temperature.
It’s not cost effective to produce huge amounts of plastic but could have it’s uses in my plastic. One pint of milk makes a lump of plastic roughly the size of a gold ball.
Now I just need to see if I can implement this into my work as I have evisioned it.
This is a little sneak peek at piece I’m working on for 20-21 Visual Arts. They very kindly invited me, along with a bunch of other fantastically creative folk, to create a pair of tote bags for them. They provided me with two canvas bags which as you can see I have started embellishing. There was no brief and so I have created a design that is in keeping with my current practice. If you’ve seen the t-shirt I created for Jazzcakes last year you’ll have a good idea as to where this is headed!
As I understand it one of the bags will displayd in 20-21′s gallery and the other will be available in their shop. I’ll provided full details once they are confirmed.
These were the Christmas cards that I made for friends and family this year. I made a batch of those above which were cut from black card with silver mirrored card behind for friends although a few were backed with plain white paper as I underestimated how many I was going to need.
The card below was a one of a kind however, which was also cut from black card and was backed with white glittery card which unfortunately isn’t all that apparent in the photographs. I was rather chuffed with how all these cards came out as I’ve not really had a go at paper cutting like that before.
I should also say that I can’t take 100% of the credit for the designs of these cards. Although originals they were inspired by a number of designs that I came across on Deviantart. I’ll link those up for you all a little later.
I spent last Saturday helping my good friend Amelia to screen print hundreds of canvas bags for the illustration symposium that she’s organising next week. Half of the bags will be used for the delegates conference packs and the other half will be made available for sale in order to raise funds for the illustration department at Cardiff School of Art & Design where Amelia teaches. We’re headed back into the studio this weekend to work on some special edition black backs with mylar foil and flock screen prints which hopefully will look fantastic by the time we’ve finished.
It’s been good to have a screen printing refresher as it’s so long since I’ve done any. It’s definitely excited the old grey matter so don’t be surprised to see some new screen printed goodness from yours truly in the not too distant future.
It’s rather a cool little event where you will be able to treat yourself to a range of handmade and vintage goodness. There’ll be a little something for everyone, from customised clothing and gift cards to plush toys. The bar of course will also be open so you can tuck in to a slap up meal or tasty cold beverage when you’ve finished exploring the fair.
Oh… and of course there will be goodie bags for the first 10 people through the door which will include lovely handmade freebies and money off vouchers so get in quick.
I’ll be holding a stall at the Make It Pretty Craft Faire at Chapter Arts Centre on the 24 July 2010. It will be open from 11.00am until 4.00pm and you’ll be able to get your hands on some of my plush toys.