Thing-a-Day – January 7 – mesh screening blood cell/potential pin
Day 7 of the Thing-a-Day Challenge
Materials: Wire screening mesh left over from Pulse exhibition components
I have a very hard time throwing away leftover bits of materials from projects.
In early 2013, my work was included in an exhibition called Pulse: Art and Medicine at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD. I wrote about it for the FINE blog, if you want to learn more about the show.
One of the pieces I made for Pulse was called “Clot” and featured triangular pillow-like forms representing red blood cells and made out of wire window screening mesh. I discuss the meaning of the form in a blog entry on my art website, JBeelsDesign.com.
These cells were about 6″ in diameter. I ended up with 2-4″ leftover strips when I was done. Just wide enough to do something, but what?
I particularly like the bronze mesh, since it is so much stiffer than the more common aluminum mesh and has the potential to be electroformed or enameled. Also, it has a nice bright warm color, as opposed to the dull grey of the aluminum.
Today, I pushed the envelope to see whether the narrowest strips could still be used to form the same pillow shapes. The answer is: just barely – the stiff mesh does not conform as willingly as in the larger version. But the end result is about 2″ in diameter, a nice pin size. Very exciting!