For a while now, I have been accumulating dust, shavings, and off cuts of plastic in my studio.
It started with a project where I used lino tools to carve texture into the surface of some vinyl and couldn’t bring myself to throw away the neat pile of gratings caught in my bench cloth. I brushed it into a jar which sat on the shelf, survived three shifts of workshop, and was soon accompanied by a collection of other containers storing matter of similar provenance.
Almost as if they were silver or gold, I would brush the detritus leftover from projects – the filings, dust from sawing and so on – into yet another container for safe keeping, perhaps in anticipation of some future value.
What to do with all this matter? This was a starting point for my most recent project, the series of brooches that featured in HS3 at Platina gallery in September.