I love grids and squares and have used them in my work previously, but my short little detour last year into jewelry-making made me want to treat those squares in a looser way. I struggled for a couple weeks (my good friend told me after hearing me complain, "Walk away! Walk away! Let you subconscious chew on it!"). Finally about a week ago a structure that would allow me to hang the squares versus attach them to a board came to mind. I roughed it in and instantly got excited. Here are some photos of my explorations so far. I know the whole concept needs some refinement, but I'm excited! (and for me that's half the battle).
|First piece prototype. Torch-fired enameled copper squares with either inkjet color decals or iron-based fired decals that turn sepia. Many jump rings!|
|First piece prototype. Adding an outside frame of brazed copper pipe that lets the squares hang 2" off the wall.|
|Same, from the side. I'm thinking a bit over-built at this point.|
|New piece with the concept of it representing my 'creative well'. It will hang in the same manner off the wall. Still working on refinement to the outer structure.|
|Close up of tiles.|