Wednesday, September 28, 2011

lots of stuff!

Just back from a long weekend in Brighton.

Brighton Rock

All the usual nonsense! Charity shop hilarity in the form of sickening ceramics:

Sickening trash

And Dingo getting in the way of the camera on purpose:

Dingo Interferes

If you half-close your eyes, you can see that it is him.
I got a good chance to play with the new macro lens, which has really become a firm favourite as it is super-sharp (as it should be, being a Leica lens) and although it is not fast - at f2.8 - is incredibly flexible. I could see myself using only three lenses in the future: the 20mm f1.8 Panasonic Pancake, the 25mm f0.95 Voigtlander and the 45mm f2.8 Panasonic-Leica macro.

Paeonia sp.

I have received two lovely emails today from people who have featured my work. One is on a site which selects what the owner believes to be the best of Etsy - and a quick look at her blog convinces me that she has excellent taste:

And the other is from a blog which is all about old Hillman cars, Paykan Hunter.

Back into the workshop for more on Fashion:Victim. Both the ball elements are nearly ready for development into finished pieces. The hinges are completely on one and the other has the main structural elements for the hinge in place - should be hinged tomorrow:

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 34)

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 35)

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 36)

Additionally, I've been working on some cast elements for these, including the "talons":

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 31)

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 32)

And the little holders which will hold the recycled rare-earth magnets (from discarded ultrasonic toothbrush heads) for use as catches for the spheres:

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 33)

These were drawn in Rhino and milled out for casting. You can't really see on this photograph, but the setting is shaped to conform to the radius of the spheres.

Next problem: how to model this life-sized pewter hawk's foot in hollow silver!

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 30)