These pieces come from a series called FUTURE NOSTALGIA, imagining a time when modernist architecture is part of a distant past.
They are oval boxes, about 25 mm or 1 inch deep. The front is finished with a frame, decorated by hand with a small dotted line. The interior of the box shows an evocative and mysterious scene, a modernist factory, ruins perhaps, or an abandoned town, distant hills. A dreamy still from a cult road movie.
The material used is aluminium recycled from drinks cans. Thus the overall colour is a mid, flat silver. The tin is etched and stamped by hand, then colour is applied both by burning and by the addition of paint that emphasises the etched areas. These two processes add a slight patina of colour, and, once finely sanded, give a richness to the surface.
The whole piece measures approximately 135 x 110 x 25 mm, or 5.5 x 4.5 x 1 inch.
Because of the materials it is very light. There is a loop on the back for wall display from a pin or tack.
The back of the aluminium is covered with vintage book pages, old encyclopaedias or books of musical scores.
Wherever possible, sustainable or eco packaging is used, but this does not mean that any compromise is made on the safety of the work when in transit. Sometimes it is boxed in re-purposed card. This approach is in keeping with an object that has been made from a recycled materia
MOTH INLAID IN RECLAIMED TIMBER
A moth, based on a drawing of the Least Carpet moth, made from recycled aluminium inlaid into reclaimed timber. It has silver wire antennae. It is designed either to be free-standing or wall-mounted. It is 13 x 9 x 4 cm, or approximately 5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches
This piece has a hand-cut and hand-etched moth, which is burnt and rubbed with paint, then sanded to enhance the etched areas and give a surface patina. It is then carefully inlaid into a block of reclaimed timber.
The aluminium is sourced from drinks cans, the timber is from wooden park benches that have done their duty and been replaced! The age of the timber and the weathering means that it is textured and darkened to a lovely deep grey-brown. The silver-plated wire of the antennae is new, otherwise, it is made entirely from recycled materials.
There is also a heavier gauge silver wire loop on the back of the block which means it can be displayed free standing or wall mounted.
ALTAR BOX - ESME, SAINT OF WELCOME SHADE.
This is a small box for wall hanging, made entirely from recycled materials. It is similar to traditional Mexican altar boxes, though the Saints are new. The Saints should exist, and quite possibly do - at the very least they exists in the altar boxes! In this case, it is Esme, Saint of Welcome Shade. Esme is the Saint to ask for somewhere to relax when you are in need of the cool. She stands behind the sun, always able to escape its light and heat. She hides her face not because she is shy, but because she is also the saint of evasion.
The box is made entirely from recycled materials, the main one being aluminium harvested from drinks cans. It is first drawn into with a hand made tool, then the pieces are treated to a combination of heat, paint and sandpaper, all of which brings out the contrast between the detail and the surface. It also adds a slight patina to the surface, warming the cool, flat silver of the aluminium.
The aluminium is backed by vintage book pages, early twentieth century encyclopaedias or books of musical scores.
It measures 17 x 11 x 3 cm or 6.5 x 4 x 1.25 inches
Because of the nature of the materials, the box is very light and can be suspended by its wire loop from a small nail or thumb tack.
Great care is taken with packaging, though in keeping with the recycled nature of the materials that make the piece, often recycled or re-purposed materials are used too in the packaging so as to keep any new waste to an absolute minimum.
A lovely Ammonite fossil, made from recycled drinks cans. This piece shows a cut out of an ammonite, based on a Placentiseras Polyopsis ammonite from France, some of which have distinctive bumps along the outer edge of the shell.
It is 30 x 26 x 2 cm, or 12 x 10 x 0.8 inches. It is mounted on black board. The colour is predominantly a flat mid silver, warmed by a brown patina and darkened to enhance details with black paint and as a result of burning the metal.
The ammonite is constructed in sections from the aluminium salvaged from several drinks cans. Through a series of procedures that include first etching into the surface, then burning, painting and sanding, a patina is created on the surface. This, in combination with the over-lapping of the aluminium sections, creates a three-dimensional quality.
The piece is however, though sculptural in effect, predominantly two-dimensional. It is mounted onto black board with a loop at the back for wall hanging.
Wherever possible, to match the ethos of the work and its coming from materials that were once waste, recycled or re-purposed materials are often used to package it for shipping. But of course, no compromise is made on the safety of the piece in transit.