Glassworks

I have been working away at the glass fronted amulet boxes over the past few months as one of several strands in my MA degree work. I was inspired years ago by an exhibition by photographer Fay Godwin and have wanted to work on something which acknowledged this influence. I have finally achieved this with my glass ‘nets’ which obscure and disguise the contents of the boxes they rest on. I had fun photographing this one against the sun-dappled asbestos walls of my 1950s garage!

Glass 'net' by Karen Griffiths

Glass 'net' by Karen Griffiths

Images of my completed net work – “Black Velvet, Dark Night”

Hi everyone,

Just thought I would drop in to show you some images of my completed net work.

You can read more about “Black Velvet, Dark Night” on my website at http://www.peterlsmith.com.au/html/netwurks.html .

A system of interconnected lines

My response to the theme of networks came as a result of exploring a dictionary definition of the word network, as a ‘SYSTEM OF INTERCONNECTED LINES, a pattern or system that looks like a series of branching or interconnected lines’ (Bloomsbury Concise English Dictionary 2nd ed., Rooney, ed. 2005, p.973).  This has prompted me to view networks as visual compositions, exploring these within the natural world.

My work aims to reveal the beautiful structures and patterns within these natural networks which are no less elaborate, complex or detailed than their technologically networked counterparts.

During the making process and the method of display that I have been considering, I have also begun to explore the ‘networks’ that the method of construction and stitching forms within the work also, allowing these to be revealed by displaying them in front of a natural light source.

Inspiration sources: Botanical structures and patterns in nature.

Nets project

These samples were experimenting with the use of ‘solvy’. The theme is the environment and how it is quickly degrading and being destroyed around us. The use of net like structures to hold the leaves was to link in the samples with the nets, but it could also be nodding towards the use of illegal fishing nets in our oceans that catch innocent sea-life and subsequently kill off members of the species that don’t need to be. It also hints towards the destroying of forests, which then leads into the loss of rare animals that no longer have a home because their habitat has been destroyed. The animals, in both cases, are now trapped, like the leaves in the middle sample. Their homes are no longer solid, like the leaves in the third sample.

Nets in Lodz

Julie Ryder sent a link to the Lodz Textile exhibtion in Poland. Her work is in the background of the general shots – some funnel shaped nets (- shots 17 &18 on the left). There are some other interesting net like structures http://www.muzeumwlokiennictwa.pl/czasowe/1/396,13th-international-triennial-of-tapestry-lodz-2010.html

Shifting signs: exhibition

I have nets (sort of, some) in an exhibition: Nicci Haynes and Genevieve Swifte, Shifting Signs. ANCA Gallery, ACT. Opens 6.00pm Wed 26 May, til 6 June.

netting the invisible

My work for the Nets Project focuses on the ‘un-seen’ out of which a net sifts its catch. The ‘un-seen’, such as clean air and water, are commodities which seem to have always been plentiful but are becoming scarce and polluted.

Seated right underneath a lamp, I have been knitting a rather invisible ‘yarn’ (thin sewing monofilament) on circular knitting needles to create two long narrow nets. My first attempt resulted in a mobius strip, as I couldn’t see that the knitting had twisted around the needle… Starting the following attempt I reinforced the set-up stitches in the first two rows with some visible sewing thread. This thread will be removed when finished.

The nets stretch out into a narrow point. Their shape reminds me of the nets held high with a long thin handle, used to catch flying insects on a summer’s day: a romantic, lofty and light image.  My nets however ask the viewer to take a different thought path.

Two nets: one to catch air and one to catch water.