Sculpting with wire is very fun – wether it’s lamps or sculptures of some creatures animals. It’s probably a memory of my activities years ago as a gold- and silbersmith that keeps me getting back to this material on an almost regular basis.
I work with two kinds of steal wire: This simple wire they have on construction sites to string wooden boards together for formwork I use for drawing the lines and combine them with a really thin Jeweler’s binding wire.
This time I started out with a bunny-girl that’s more or less two dimensional, with some patience you can get her to stand on her own, so there is a little hint of a third dimension, not very much of a depth though.
So, for the second one I wanted to make sure he is easier to handle and created this 3D sitting rabbit.
Lampshade for floor lamp post with steal wire and African trading beads
After making some hanging lamps, I decided to explore the possibility of upright lampshade for a floor lamp that had lost its shade and was reduced to be basically a post with a lightbulb.
It looks like the shade effects are more intensive in this kind of lamp, because the light is projecting lines and shades onto the ceiling and walls. I used African glass beads and steal wire to build up the structure, no welding or gluing involved.
A wire sculpture made its way into a decorative, yet functional lampshade. Playing around with a 3-dimensional wire structure, its shapes and shadows, adding on some garlands of recycled fabric and a few colourful African glass beads, I ended up with an original lamp. The interaction of light and shadow is an important effect that’s fun to experiment with.
If you are interested in the project, or if would like to have one commissioned – get in touch with me!
These days, I got back to metal works, as it is necessary for a jewellry designer every now and then. I tried to use wire in order to draw and sculpt. Not only wire draw lines, their shadows do as well. Got to explore more of this! #drawing #wire #clown #sculpture #shadows #mixedmedia