Always a challenge to prioritise, I could happily get more involved into the world of mould making and casting as it is all new and exciting… but I consciously steer away from it, keeping an eye on the stone carving, which is as exciting and needs in depth planning. I enjoy the motion of gaining a deeper understanding through drawing and model making, relating plans to the actual big lumps of rock, realising that a solidly considered plan before taking to the power tools is what I want. At times I feel like walking in the dark, at times I can see where I am coming from and which direction I am taking. It is not easy for me to visualise the whole form available to me and to make decisions where I want to reduce. I am getting there slowly knowing it is time and effort well spend.Read more
Making moulds, it went well days ago, but this time it seemed not straight forward when all of a sudden two pints of plaster poured out of my constructed frame, gritting my teeth the damage was cleared away and I discovered today that the moulds are fine, even removing the models intact. It is a strange sensation to see the negativ shape of a form, a shadow…it is a completely different process to carving a form, so instant, so effortless (despite the mentioned accident), space that has no matter but form..
We set off to in the morning to arrive in Cornwall by midday. Wim and Lar loading two big rocks in no time into Lar’s van. I am speechless watching Wim working and controlling the forklift, the way he wraps the webbing around the boulders, knowing exactly how the weight is going to settle down in it, then the precision in which he and Lar position the rocks in the van with the usual “up a bit down a bit”.
Wim was not totally sure what type of rock it is but for sure it will have a fine finish and be durable outside, blue-grey-pinky colouring, I am starting to carve next week. Ideas need to be tweaked a little as the shape of the boulders is slimmer than I imagined. Each boulder weighs approximately 200kg.
Being so near the sea, we had to have some time by it, a flavour of holiday. Don’t worry I am not sharing ALL the snapshots with you.
Travelling back to Stroud chatting, sipping coffee, enjoying some brownies and Goldfrapp, arriving early evening at the workshop near Whiteway. Whilst it is tipping it down Sebastian, Will and Lar are unloading the stones via a ramp and rollers. They know how to handle huge amounts of weight confidently. The stones I handled so far could be carried by two people…I know I am entering a new arena and even though it is daunting it also is very exciting! I have been waiting for this moment a long time and now I am here, I am stepping into the unknown, I am taking a risk.
This journey to Cornwall alone needed the support of many people, Lar for all the driving, conversations and dipping toes into the sea, Wim who gifted me the stones, Sebastian and Will who came out on this rainy evening to unload. THANK YOU!!Read more
The fourth model has changed considerably since I started it on sunday. The thought of having a transient almost disintegrating form has moved on to a inside out form that displays internal and external it is more complex then the previous models.
In my mind this model works well in combination with the others. The next step will be to make moulds of the clay models and to cast them in different materials. How much these models will be represented in the stone carving I am going to start on next week?….a flavour will remain I am sure.
Tomorrow is a big day, I am going to travel down to Cornwall with my friend Lar to pick up some big stones…I am very excited!Read more
What is form?…a frozen moment in time..visible ultimate structure..can it be fluid, ephemeral, transient when made out of stone? Stone was not always hard, cold and solid, surely it can be taken back to a point when the mass was was not structured..would it work as a form, what would the form look like? How does form come about? It depends on so many factors, the mass, time, the energy it has been exposed to..Is it possible to have opposing forces playing into the mass or would the result be a chaotic weak form?..I am waiting to pick up a piece of stone from Cornwall at some point over the next two weeks, big enough to get my teeth into (well not literally) and to let my questions and hesitations rest whilst working out some of these in the material itself.
Whilst making two more models today the phenomena “form” felt tangible. Form is such a complex thing and it is by making forms and seeking perfection that I am awake to it, each curve and corner, each stretch and twist has a multitude of aspects and can communicate so much. Of course these models are by no means finished to the point where I like them to be but a beginning is made and ideas are simmering……