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3d Printed Printing Press

3d printed printing press

I printed this mini press from the design by the Open Press project. It will print up to about 6cm wide. I plan to do some dry point etching in plastic plates designed for the purpose. I’ll have to wait a few days as the ink & paper I’ll need are on order. This is the most ambitious project I’ve attempted on my 3d printer. Three of the parts took a day each to print.

3d Printed Printing Press
3d Printed Printing Press

New paintings

After a break of many years I was recently inspired to start painting again. I have been making abstract works on canvas. They’re all about paint & colour.

Acrylic on canvas, 20x50cm

I have been using a black border to lift the colour, an effect I think works well.

Acrylic on canvas, 20x50cm
Acrylic on canvas 20x20cm

I have been working on small canvases as I live in a small flat. At the moment I’m using a small section of kitchen worktop.

Acrylic on canvas, 20x20cm

Paintings are available from my Etsy shop Whispering Wind Art UK

First 3D prints

Building blocks, each 5x5x5cm

These are some of my first 3D prints. They are maquettes for a larger piece I’m considering making. If I go ahead with what would be a pretty ambitious work, each of these pieces will be cast in something like concrete or weatherproof plaster and would be around 10x10x10cm. This is intended as a sculptural work which can be rearranged by the viewer. I will include a “planter” which will probably be 20x20x20cm, intended to be planted with fine grass.

I plan to 3D print the moulds for each piece. I’ll use some flexible filament so each casting can be removed from the mould.

Cleaning corroded brass

I bought this brass candlestick from a local “antique” shop. It seems as though brass ware isn’t  very collectible at the moment as it only cost £6. It was in a pretty corroded state and polishing with Brasso wasn’t powerful enough. I had a look on YouTube and found a video suggesting a mixture of salt, vinegar and flour. I was sceptical but gave it a try. The results are impressive. I used half a cup each of salt, vinegar and flour. Brushed it thickly all over the candlestick and left it for 24 hours. After washing the mixture off, I polished with Brasso again. It looks great.

I painted another ukulele

This is the second ukulele I have decorated. For the first one I used Sharpie pens which weren’t great as they were reluctant to leave enough ink. This time I used Posca pens which are brilliant — strong, opaque colours. I’m pleased with this one and would like to do another. Under all that paint is an inexpensive concert ukulele from eBay.

This one is for sale, UK £105 including delivery to a UK address. Please contact me if you’re interested.

What we expected and did not receive

Image: Village, inkjet printed 160gsm paper. Each house 5x5x5cm

Using the same paper house design I first created in 2005, I have made the houses for this village. As I have done before, the work is made to be photographed. The finished work presented to the viewer is the photograph. This work is inspired by Francis Weller’s Five Gates of Grief.

The Fourth Gate: What we expected and did not receive

We arrive here as stone age children. We are wired and prepared to participate in everything our deep time ancestors experienced. R. D. Laing.

I have experienced the company of friends I don’t completely trust, people who I might choose to hide some vulnerability from, people who might exploit some weakness for “just a joke”. A “joke” that invites distance, invites the withholding of trust, encourages superficial connection.

Aware of this, for several years I have been wondering about the depth of connection people are able to have when there is deep trust. I have experience radical trust and extraordinary (in my personal experience) connection. I long to live with this every day and I believe it is possible.

It seems to be that our nature invites us to live in communities of around 40 adults plus children. 40 people with close and healthy interdependence, trusting each other with their lives. A village. People who I would hold, people who would hold me in times of grief. People who would share joy and celebration. How would it feel to live with that level of trust & connection? What is it like to live without it? It is one of the experiences we came into the world expecting and did not receive.

Where is my village? How can it be made? How will we make ourselves into villagers?

The Sorrows of the World

Image: Temple, 160gsm card, each megalith 8x4x2cm

Using the same  “Cut, Fold & Stick” technique as my paper houses, I have made the megaliths for Temple. As I have done before, the work is made to be photographed. The finished work presented to the viewer is the photograph. This work is inspired by Francis Weller’s Five Gates of Grief.

The Third Gate: The Sorrows of the World

There are no unsacred places. There are sacred places and desecrated places. Wendell Berry.

When I began reading about the third gate in The Wild Edge of Sorrow, I was prepared to find my grief about how our civilisation has treated the world. What I wasn’t expecting was grief about my own separateness from the more than human world. Our civilisation teaches us to see ourselves as separate. Once this error is seen, the separation does not, in my own experience, simply disappear. Some work is needed to reestablish connection. What is the nature of that work? How will I reclaim my proper place as belonging to this world?

Progress seems to be by small steps. Grief for the way things are is part of the process. Then remembering John O’Donohue’s words “When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us.”. Without beauty, I don’t think I could do this. I would collapse into despair.

Some old art work

I came across some photos of art work which dates back 11 years or more, from my days as an art student in Wrexham.

Ceramic Vessel

Ceramic Vessel was made from hundreds of pieces of broken table ware, glued against a jig I made, using hot melt glue. About 25cm tall.

Reflected Colour wall relief

Reflected Colour relief, extruded foam, acrylic paint. All the colour you can see is reflected from the back of the blocks, only white is facing the camera. About 150cm wide.

People struggled to believe this worked, some asked how I turned it off at night. Here’s a diagram of the pieces:

The grey area is the back which is glued to the wall.

Reflected Colour detail

Paper Houses

A composition of paper houses. Each house is 5x5x5cm. The houses are printed on 160gsm paper with the roof area printed in colour. Light filters through the paper, projecting colour inside the house. These were cut out using a scalpel and assembled with double sided tape. I used these paper houses in many different compositions and made several hundred over a couple of years.

This composition was inspired by Georges Braque’s early Cubist work and late Paul Cézanne paintings. Cézanne’s late work seem to me to have inspired Braque & Picasso’s early Cubist works. I was unable to find any reference to support this idea.