Metal weaving cont. the experiments with weaving metal has come to an end, the process used is pretty much the same as weaving with willow, but the strenuous nature of wire on the fingers is very different (See earlier post about the physicality of art). The frame work begins with a single circle of woven wire, then further circles are added, weaving them in to the frame work as you go. Once a complete sphere of circles is finished then the next layer is added, just like willow weaving, I call it my messy layer. The job of the messy layer is to cover the entire surface with a mass of lengths zig zagging across the surface, this has two important factors. One - to cover over as many open spaces a possible, and Two - to provide anchor points for the decorative weave later.
My New Years resolution is all about metal weaving by hand with the different types of metal available, and see where the journey takes me and of course I will be recording the findings and results on my trusted blog.
After a nice relaxing break over Christmas, it was back to the studio today full of ideas for new sculptures. Over the course of last year my experimental weaving was mainly with paper and plastic coated wire to help create some interesting new shapes and forms for my latest commission. It introduced me to the weaves of Corn Dollies which I would still like to continue with after finding a delightful old book whilst on holiday in a bookshop on the Isle of Wight.
So after a full day of weaving with Aluminium wire, my fingers are very sore but I am pleased with the results. Take a look at the photos to follow.