So, I started on the Masters programme in February at Wolverhampton University and life has been really hectic ever since! I am relieved to finally share my progress with you. The starting point for my studies has been looking at the application of line into 3 dimensions. Quite simply, I am interested in how line drawing is moved from a 2 dimensional drawing and is lifted off the page and brought into 3 dimensions in any medium using any process.
I also started a new job in January this year at a college and within the 3D Design department which includes a laser cutter. In order to support the students, I have refreshed my memory and renewed my experiences by developing my skills in the 2D Design software and in converting a drawn image from my drawing project to benefit my work knowledge and masters course.
The first pieces I produced on the laser cutter were in MDF, one engraved and the other ‘kiss cut’. I was intrigued by the kiss cut, the quality of the line and the image solely as an outline of the original line drawing.
I then moved onto plywood and perspex for a comparison. The perspex piece image was inverted so that the engraving left the drawing as the raised surface.
The plywood worked out far better than the MDF for the appearance of the image as it was clearer as it did not burn in the same way. The colour also looks brighter which I prefer.
This then planted the idea of creating a block for printing with. I therefore completed a fifth laser cut piece with the inverted engrave (although not mirrored) to test out how the block print would work.
Printed onto fabric and papers (envelope and newspapers) to allow enough to test different techniques.
Work on the drying rack…
My desk is now the home for practical work!! Very happy to have gained some momentum of the creative front! Over and out!