Archive for maj, 2018

Barking about Bark spin-off

29 maj 2018

 

Working as an Artist with focus on building Artist’s Books I was invited to join the Barking about Bark Workshop series held at Sliperiet in 2017. Workshop had a focus on exploring limits and it aroused many questions such as:
If I order Birch bark from a craft supplier what can I as a newbie to the material make from it?
How can I work with bark – näver and modern machinery?

My personal questions were.
Can I kerf Bark and make it bend to my will?
How can I combine laser cutting and Birch Bark?
Is there an age limit to the material if yes will it be an issue when laser cut?

This last question is a bit like kicking in an open door. There are limits for all materials and bark is no exception. But is a crucial to understand if the heat exposure to the material when cut laser will affect the long term result. Kerfing bark proved to be difficult as this material has lentil cells and a natural bendiness. If the kerf is cut to narrow the heat from the laser will make the bark brittle and the object will fall apart over time. Same result when the kerf cuts across the lentil cells.

After some minor experimenting resulting in failures other question need to be asked. Why use a laser cutter at all and what is laser cutting good at, other than mass production?
Analyzing the Bark, the one bought from the craft supplier, I if find two difficulties that make working with bark extra frustrating, it is difficult to cut curved lines and make holes without the bark tearing by hand. This is exactly what the laser cutter is really good at cutting out fine details, cutting holes and curved lines. The heat seals of the cut edges and prevent ruptures.

Another big advantage when working with a laser cutter and vector based layouts are the easy scaling of objects. You can easily change size.

On display in the showcase at 3D-Lab, Sliperiet are some of my prototypes for an upcoming a limited edition of bark containers. Some kerf test results and an Artist’s Book.

This is showcase week

29 maj 2018

Objects and research made by Marianne Laimer in 2017/2018

On display in 3D-lab there will be this showcase with some of my bark (näver) prototypes made after I participated in the Barking about Bark workshop series held at Sliperiet in 2017.

Book of Decay

28 maj 2018

This is the fragile
Book of decay
my first go at the theme Memento Mori for Vilnius.

I wanted this wordless book to convey not only the thought of death and decay but also remembrance. Book of Decay has multiple hand sewn inlays. Two made with semi opaque wax-paper and one translucent with pages made from vinyl-pockets. Most of the pages features a hand embroidered silken fly, Cynomya mortuorum also known as the fly of the dead or Totenfliege. The flies are one aspect of death and decay as we all eventually will return to dust in the end.

 

Remember death, not just your own mortality but also the loved ones that has already died. How to make visible this feeling and thought? Sometimes an item, a smell, a song or a word can trigger memory’s good or bad. Perhaps you like me, have found a small envelope with a name scribbled across and black edging containing a lock of hair among old photographs and felt how something vaguely spring to life, this person actually lived. Hair tokens as a trigger for memory has a strong charge in life and after death. To say Remember me always I added curls of real human hair and a not yet finished locket to the book.

The making of the book
In 2017 I made a series of laser cutting experiments on birch bark. I wanted to build a book cut from bark that had been decomposing in nature for at least 5 years. To achieve the half circular bend spine shape I kerfed the rigid bark not calculating that the heat from laser cutting would affect the cut result. The kerf started to fall into pieces almost immediately when cut.

Put prevent the book cover from further deterioration I sew it with shape silk onto a copy of the bark cover laser cut from thin birch plywood.

It turned out that the bark cover would continue to break down over time and get ever more fragile. I decided that the book would be impossible to send by mail and it would be even more difficult to pack and unpack it multiple times without it deteriorating completely so I build a different book on the theme memento mori … ock döden …that got accepted by the jury to the 8 th Artist’s Book Triennial in Vilnius curated by prof. Kestutis Vasiliunas.

 

Pin in the head …

28 maj 2018

Lucky me there is no voodoo here

or I would have a serious headache right about

now.

I like …

27 maj 2018


… the hippiness.

Det gick ju alldeles utmärkt att skala upp mönstret från minime till meme. Kurvorna över höften har verkligen god potential. Överdelen kändes däremot väldigt lös och fel den satt inte alls lika tajt som på minime. Jag blev lite fundersam på varför det blev så och började kontrollmäta linjerna för minime och jämföra dem med mått tagna den 26 maj 2018. Ush! Jag har krympt flera centimetrar i omfång sedan jag sydde minime. Tänkte inte på att kroppsmått är färskvara. Sannolikheten att jag skulle kunna krympa i storlek ansåg jag vara minimal för det brukar annars vara tvärtom man ökar i omfång med åren.

Jag är glad att jag tog mig samman och ritade upp mönstret till minime i Illustrator för nu blir det lite enklare att rita in nya mått och justera linjerna så att de passar till dagens aktuella kroppsmått.Nu rustar jag mig med tålamod och börjar vandra längs en lång väg kantat av siffror och räknefel. Hepp!

Mot ritbordet …

26 maj 2018

Eller snarare mot datorn…

Ok, nu är mönstret scannat, sparat som pdf och inlagd i Illustrator. Det är nu det spännande börjar för när jag väl har ritat upp mönsterdelarna som vectorlinjer så kan jag i teorin både skala mitt mönster till vilken storlek jag vill och laserskära ut det i exempelvis tunn polyester eller varför inte näver.

Weee,
äntligen bara vectorlinjer.

 

Good morning and Oh my …

26 maj 2018

… blinginess …
Årets första fyrklövrar funna
fotograferade med gårdagens bästa loppisfynd.
Önskar er alla en skön dag.

Börja här …

25 maj 2018

1 Check all markings.

Ok, nu testar jag det här och ser om det blir som jag tänkt. Först kolla att alla nya linjer och markeringar är inritade på det nya mönstret. Därefter hej till sömerskans  bästkompis Sprätten.

2 Unpick side seam

För att få till en sömnadsordning så sprättar jag upp korsetten i en bakvänd ordning först sidosömmen, därefter framsidans lilla kil och sedan den stora kilen.

3 Flatten pattern gently.

Går det att plana ut mönstret utan att sprätta loss den övre kilen? Nej det gick inte så jag ritar in markeringar för den också innan jag sprättar bort den. Nu först kan jag plana ut mönstret helt och rita upp de nya mönsterdelarna på ett annat tyg.

Det här tyget är helt stumt och fransar sig inte så det går bra att trycka ihop mönsterdelarna så att jag kan spara in på tygåtgången.

Just checking …

25 maj 2018


… the original pattern one more time.

Nooo, Minime

24 maj 2018

… Just kidding.

I am testing the outlines in Photoshop to see what the new pattern would look like with both sides completed. As you can see I have to construct some serious padding for my both my hips to obtain the soft bell like shape that I am after.