Another blast from the past. I created this weapon inspired by the steampunk style and the klingon weapon called a bat'leth. I used a plasma cutter to cut the basic shape of the steel, and an iron worker machine to punch the holes. The handles are made from scrap walnut that I salvaged from the junk bins at OCADU. The rivets are made using anealed brass rod. The steel was super quenched to give it strength and blacken the metal. The whole piece took me about two days.
When I was studying at OCADU in Toronto, I worked in the metal shop. Even though I was in textiles, I found many excuses to use metal and electronics instead of fabric. This is one of those examples. I created a brain using an oxy acetylene torch and 1/4" steel bar, with blue LED's
Whenever I feel like I am getting nothing done, I draw. This week I have been feeling under the weather and so I have spent a lot of my time sketching. This is what I have come up with. I mostly use bic pens for the line work with tea or coffee to add in colour. Recently I have also begun adding acrylic calligraphy ink into the tea to create a range of toned down colours.
I travelled back to Canada for a short visit and on my way we stopped in iceland. I found some beautiful icelandic wool which has been used in these norwegian knit socks.
It has been a little while since I worked on arduino! It is often incredibly hard for me to continue working with all of the materials I want to use. I move around a lot and have a lot of part time jobs. These sort of factors make it very hard to create a studio and start a business. It feels like a catch 22 where I want to begin making amazing things but I don't have the time or money to realize them, which means I can't make a living off of it. Oh well, for now I am happy to have found some time to learn to use relays with arduino. This allows me to control mains voltage appliances with my little buddy here. These lights were thought up by Emil Matsson and myself to be used during an outdoor forest rave here in Sweden.
Moving to Sweden a year ago was perhaps the most impulsive and daring thing I have done in my life so far. The reasons included a desire to travel more, as well as to find opportunities to participate in craft and the arts abroad. I decided to move to Gothenburg, where I reunited with a few friends who studied with me at Stenebyskolan in Dals Långed. One of those friends, Emil Matsson, helped me find a job at Megalodon Creations. Lead by Emilio Sheikhan, I spent the last year working with some incredibly talented people on a series of ice age animatronic animals which are now on display in Denmark and Sweden. The latest exhibition, currently on display at the Natural History Museum at Aarhus, Denmark, was featured recently on Danish television and can be viewed here!
My Own Two Hands