In Newcastle, Australia it’s winter and it’s cold. On the plus side, it’s the best time of year to experiment with wearables. Taking a break from the pure research-related crocheting, I let myself have a play with form and design for the body – using as much natural fibre as I could find in my stash. (The lighter coloured pieces pictured are 100% cotton while the dark brown top is mixed fibre, all original designs.)
I’ve also been working on a photography studio setup so these documentation images were also initial test shots. Although I love the tiled walls in my studio they reflect the studio lighting so I’ve updated the setup with the addition of a backdrop.
I’ve also been organising the boxes of nearly, almost, very close to being finished pieces I made years ago. In the context of experimenting with this new set-up and revisiting the concept of wearables I’ve started to finish-off and re-envision some of this older work.
Pictured is a piece from the 2015 Head Sized Study Series, it features a dodecahedron ‘scaffold’ with one panel filled.
The aim of the studio set up is to allow for a smooth workflow and professional output in the documentation of research. At this point I’m happy with the clarity and sharpness of the images being produced, but the remote control is an annoying presence. I have a time-lapse remote so will revisit that style of documentation in the weeks to come.
Tentacle Headpiece in maroon and brown, new work July 2017.
I’m super lucky. It took ages but currently living/working in an awesome studio space with room for music gear AND a rigging system for art installs. Super super lucky.
This film shows the Galaxy web in a site-specific test install at the new studio, The Butcher Shop, featuring live projections by the amazing Just Chuck.
Galaxy Web in collaboration with Just Chuck, The Butcher Shop, June 2017.
Glenworth Valley, NSW
28th December 2016 – 1st January 2017
Site-specific Installation at the Paradise Stage
Image by Scott Bruce Photography.
The new 3D Web went on a road trip.
Picnic Point, Toowoomba, QLD, Oct 12th, 2016.
Nerang River, Natural Bridge, QLD, Oct 14th, 2016.
Galaxy Web Installation at Hunter St Tafe for the 2016 Newi Awards, projections by Just Chuck & HoboTechno.
The work was installed behind the stage area, and can be seen in the live feed. It became a bit washed out by the lighting rig the film crew brought along.
Meanwhile, Honeycomb v3 was in the entrance way…
and the new 3D web was in the stairwell.
View of ground floor entrance way from the stairwell which lead up to the main event space. Lighting provided by Just Chuck.
These installations are intended as a poetic representation of the symbiotic relationship between old and new technologies. The event was an award ceremony for Digital Innovation, held at the Hunter St TAFE – a build which itself was built in 1895, over 120 years ago. Crochet is also an old form of rendering designs, however in this case the union between old and new sees the ancient technique coupled with an underlying numerical code structure, signifying the permeation of digital culture into the fibres of our real world environment.
The Galaxy Web Installation in the main event room was also intended to highlight the significance of networking and interconnection in communications and contemporary culture. Embodied in the theme of this nodal design, connection is a practical (as well as poetic) element which gives the work its structural integrity. It reflects back upon the event being held in that digital innovation is a practice built upon collaboration and interdependence.