Crab apple – process behind the artwork

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The process behind the development of the artwork for the crab apple tree. See image above – a sample of one of the ten perspex pieces being etched and laser cut by Philip in the Laser Company for the Trinity College Trees Exhibition.

The artist was very lucky to have a wonderful fellow artist who took over the technological aspects of the crab tree artwork. I gave Ayelet Lalor the scanning electron microscope image, a drawing of this image segmented into ten pieces and ten pieces of unique handwriting from willing participants who visited the Rose Garden in Trinity College Dublin during May 2017. See all images below.

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Firstly Ayelet drew out the segmented sections. She then imported all the text into these segments along curved lines that she created. She inserted hanging holes and spent a long amount of time tweaking the thickness of the handwriting.  See images below.

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All this process sounds reasonably simple but she put a huge amount of work into and I and the team are very grateful.

To follow a little bit of information about Ayelet herself and below an image of her work.

“Ayelet Lalor is a visual artist whose figurative work includes clay, concrete and bronze,and more recently, print. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and is included in significant public and corporate collections.”

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‘Wild flower walk’, screen print by Ayelet Lalor, 2017.

Artworks ready to print…the Oregon Maple

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All set to start printing the microscopic imagery on the swathes of yellow lycra material. These lengths of pattered fabric will be stretched between the trunk and branches of one of the Oregon Maple trees in the main square.

Materials – yellow lycra fabric, black screen printing ink and fixings.

I will post more images of the set up and process of screen printing the Oregon Maple artwork.

Making the artworks – the plane tree

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The Plane tree nodule collected and ready to begin moulding

 

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The finished plaster backed silicone two piece mould of the nodule

 

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Wax samples testing how much red colourant to add to the microcrystalline wax to get the desired colour.

 

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Partial wax for colour and surface texture texting

 

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Resultant partial wax test

 

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Two wax copies from both parts of the mould

 

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Both halves of the wax mould brought together to create a working 3d model.

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Two working wax works ready to be properly adhered together.

The drilling of the holes to represent the imagery from the microscope will be added at a later stage.

I will post images of the final wax works when they have been installed in the trees after the official opening on September 29th.

Mind Map…ongoing

 

Over the last few months of this project I have gathered many images and various points of interest for each of the eight trees.  My mind was starting to overload with all the information so I decided to create a mind map on one of the large walls in my studio.  There I sectioned off an area for each tree, tacked up images, SEM photos, samples and any inspirational notes of I had pertaining to that tree.  I was also able to connect the various overlapping themes of interest by linking them with different coloured string.  See below the progression..it’s starting to look very busy…and not unlike a CSI crime board.  

At this stage in the project I am constantly adding to this wall as I work towards finalising which concepts, material and colour schemes the final art works will take.  

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The project team met late last week and had a very fruitful meeting.  David Hackett was as ever a mine of knowledge.  I gleaned so much information that was really inspirational that I am still processing it all….the mind map is progressing a pace and I will post another update in another week or so to show you how it looks.