The CRATE Micro-Residency program was initiated to analyse the effects of cross-disciplinary collaboration at a local level by creating a platform for artists to exchange skills and knowledge with local organisations during short term placements over the months of August and September 2019.
The program took inspiration from The Artists Placement Group (APG, 1996) who made the case for the mutual benefit of artists' presence in organisations. Artistic practice and knowledge would no longer be confined to the studio and gallery.
From this programme I was placed with Grandad's Workshop, a local business run by Frank White, who's interest lies with up cycling materials, mainly wood and metal. From this residency I learnt a range of skills from welding to wood works. In my first 3 days I managed to create my very own print press. From there me and Frank bounced off ideas, and created works inspired from the surrounding environment.
I am always responding to the environment- textures, shapes, colours and materials - this led to the creation of
'Oxy-Propane', a light source inspired by the welding machine. The industrial building created endless backdrops!!
From exploring Franks environment, my eye kept gravitating to the copper tubing bouncing in the corner. The colour, shape, texture and movement could not be ignored. Exploiting the materiality of the material, we calculated a design to allow it to spin and keep the coil exposed, showing off its glory. By inserting a light in the core, it allows the movement and shape of the coil to interact with its environment. The slow spin creates a hypnotic sensation when watching the typhoon.
My first go at welding lead to the creation of a print press.
In 3 days I created a functioning print press. It was a great experience, learning new skills on how to calculate and create and functioning piece of work.
Collaborate & Exchange
The Sweet shop that was Grandad’s workshop was full of endless inspiration of colours, texture and possibilities to create anything. In this environment it became hard to ignore the green coil that bounced in the corner, it was a piece in its own right, and so we honored the shape and colour by creating a piece that highlights it structure. Being a spiral indicates a never ending spin and from this we gave it life. The shadows created from the light highlight the movement, allowing the Typhoon to interact with its surroundings.
Playing with the mixture of materials and machinery at hand, lead to the development Oxy-Propane. Informed by the playful structure of the rubber tubing coming from the oxy-propane machine, I set about turning a metal rod into this free forming shape. Keeping the materials raw have been a major part in what has formed the decision to create them. Responding simply to the environment and letting the materials inform our judgement has been a great relationship/conversation formed in the work.