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Thing-a-Day – January 7 – mesh screening blood cell/potential pin

January 8, 2015

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.

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One of three cell groupings in “Clot” – 18″ x 18″ x 6″


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,

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?


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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!

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