Archive for the ‘FabLab & SoftLab’ Category

Godmorgon, får det lov att vara …

05 juni 2018

… lite ögongodis till kaffet?

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.

 

Green snake

23 maj 2018

on the table.

Lock, lock, lock

22 maj 2018

Det här blev klurigt värre.

Jag vill nämligen att varje liten burk skall få en egen karaktär och då behöver jag bygga flera lock.

Lycka till …

27 april 2018

… med alla framtida projekt Eva-Lena

Sneak peak

26 april 2018

… Inside …

Tidig morgon …

26 april 2018

… och solen flöder in över skrivbordet i ateljén.

Det är roligt att ge bort fint inslagna presenter. Nu på morgonen har jag designat en specialförpackning till mini-kramburken. Det blev en nätt liten handskuren sak. Istället för att fästa kanterna i lock och botten med lim så har jag sytt ihop dem med samma grova lintråd som jag använt till näverburken. Pyssligt och pilligt? Ja, men den blev väldigt fin när den blev klar. Fler bilder kommer senare idag.

Mera handsömnad

25 april 2018

Mininäverburk sydd med grov lintråd istället för rot.

2017 deltog jag i en workshop som hette Barking about Bark som handlade om att arbeta om hur man skulle kunna arbeta med näver och moderna tekniker.

Under Barking about Bark hade jag förmånen att under handledning av Madeleine Birme få inblicken i hur man arbetar med näver. Jag fick provsy ihop sidorna på en större näverburk än den du ser ovan med rot. Bottnen syddes fast med lintråd och skarven mellan botten och burksarg förslöts med en lagom hårt lindad smal remsa av renskinn. Tack Madeleine för att du tog dig tiden att visa mig hur man hanterar näver. Dina tips och instruktioner kommer väl till användning nu när jag åter tar tag i näverprojektet.

Nå ja det är ju ett hopp i tid mellan september 2017 och april 2018. Jag har kännt ett Huuu inför uppgiften att starta om för jag tycker att näver är ett svårt material att arbeta med. Det kräver en varlig hand och mycken tålamod. Under tiden som gått har jag klurat ut hur jag skulle kunna laserskära ut delarna till näverburken smidigt utan att få oönskade brännmärken och allt för mycket materialsvinn. Nu provar jag att sy klart ett antal burkar och se om jag kan utveckla och förenkla arbetsprocessen.