Carrying on with my material experiments, today I am melting and bending my perspex etchings to give them a sculptural form.
To shape the melted perspex I have bent steel sheets into a range of different curved formations. These metal shapes will act as a template for the perspex to mould to when it is hot.
I am pleased with the results of these experiments and am hopping to create similar work on a larger scale for my degree show.
My recent experimentations and research into interdisciplinary processes and new mediums have given me some possible ideas for the making of my degree show pieces.
I know that I would like my piece or pieces to explore the intersections of printmaking, photography, drawing and sculpture. For this exploration to occur I am looking for certain criteria within the mediums I am working with.
Once I have found the material/materials and processes that allow for this interdisciplinary exploration, I will need to experiment with and decide how I would like my work to be displayed.
Above are some of the possible outcomes and options for my degree show pieces.
Our degree show is open
22nd – 24th May
10am – 4pm.
And will be held across the New School House Gallery and York St John Campus.
Today I printed from my perspex etchings and achieved some nice results!
To do this yourself you will need access to a laser cutter and a printing press.
To achieve the depth of etch on my perspex,
Here are the settings I used:
- First convert your images to black and white and up the contrast on photoshop.
- On the laser cutter, set your images to the size you want (mine are 13.5 x 15.5 cm).
- Posturize your images.
- Use the rectangle tool to draw around your images.
- Change this rectangle to hairline and colour red (this indicates the laser to cut all the way through the perspex)
- Go to printing preferences
- Advanced – set the etch cut to 3mm
- General – resolution – 300 DPI
- General – engrave direction – bottom up
- General – image dithering – Floyd Steinberg
- Colour mapping – black – speed 60, power 100
Feel free to play around with these settings further to achieve different results.