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Private view: 18th May, 6 to 11 pm

N001 The Biscuit Factory, (Tower Bridge Business Complex)
100 Clements Road
London SE16 4dg
United Kingdom


Vibe Gallery Exhibition

Two of my paintings have been selected for the DESPERATE ARTWIVES exhibition that will take place at the VIBE GALLERY, London SE16 4DG

Private View – 18th May 2012,  6-9 pm

Public View – from the 19th to the 29th of May 2012



‘1977’ Oil, laser etch, stitch on canvas

‘Figurine’ Oil, laser etch, screen print, stitch on canvas

Initial samples

The initial samples explored cutting through the pre-felt at various stages of felting to find a balance between being felted enough to give crisp edges but not too much so as to lose some softness and the technical ability for it to felt together as a fabric. The laser cutter has 3 variations to consider; the speed of the laser, the power of the laser and the frequency of the laser in relation to the speed. To reduce the flame and smoke the power needs to be reduced which restricts the depth of the cut. Each piece needed five to six passes at four to five minutes a go, to cut through each piece of felt. This made it a lot quicker and more accurate than by doing it by hand but was not as quick as I would have liked in terms of potential mass production or churning out samples.


Designing the cut

The ice cream motif was developed using the vector drawing software Adobe Illustrator. This particular software is best for drawing from scratch and files can be saved in the appropriate format (EPS) for the laser cutter. The software is designed to take a motif and repeat it easily as a pattern. The stills (fig 4-6) show the design in full and also the separation of the components of the motif. Having the motif separated gave some flexibility and would enable the components of the design to be lasered separately if that was required.

Icecream Motif

The creative journey – starting point and creative ideas

The themes in my work are often based around childhood and/or found objects that interest me. I often start the creative process with photographs, objects and sketches. I see this stage as ‘ideas research’ and it often involves revisiting existing work or developing unresolved pieces. For this research I started with a photograph of myself as a child (fig 1) – the main focus and interest in this image was the ice cream. I often find it interesting to make relationships between objects and imagery and after finding an ornament of a boy with an ice cream (fig 2) this became the theme for the work.

Fig 1
fig 2