The time I thought would never come is almost here! A bit more polishing and I will have a final version of my light up pebble. Depending on which orientation you hold him in, he can display 6 different light patterns. Due to my aversion to flashing lights, all his transitions are quite slow and subtle, so you have to take your time, hold him steady and let him settle if you want to see a new pattern – this is not a pebble to be rushed. My favourite is when you hold him upside down, he pulses with light at approximately the same speed as my heart rate.
Below you can see the electronics built by Laurence to make pebble work, along with a flow diagram explaining the different light patterns.
Mould making is a strange business! It may look like I am making very odd Christmas puddings and hybrid jellyfish / doll heads, but this is actually my first experiment into finding the best fibre optics to use for my light up pebble.
My fellow part time MA Design students and I recently put on a show of work in progress at UWE. I found it really interesting to show preparatory work, the work that has actually taken me longest and caused most heart ache, alongside finished pieces – the hideously ugly mould which took me months to make, alongside the carefully polished concrete piece that finally came out of it, eight of the many colour experiments with the finished pebble screenprint which they eventually led to. A really helpful and instructive experience.
Thank you to all who came and saw our show at Centrespace and gave us such fantastic feedback, and thank you to Ruth for being such a joy to show with!
It has been such a boost to talk to people about my work, and for them to understand and appreciate what I am talking about, and not think that I am round the twist for loving maps and wanting to make concrete pebbles. I don’t think I had appreciated just how valuable the experience of getting work out of my studio space and onto walls where it can be seen and commented on was going to be. I will do it again (but not until I have had a good long while to recover).
Making the mould for my first big concrete pebble / cobble turned out to be slightly more complicated than I was expecting…
I am really proud and honoured to have been awarded the 2017 National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies’ UWE bursary in conjunction with UWE’s Department of Art & Design.
NADFAS have awarded me the bursary to develop my concrete pebbles. The aim is to add fibre optics so they light up when you hold them. I’ll be documenting the project on this blog, so lots of photos to come…