Well, summer is nearly over and with the term start only three weeks (!) away my thoughts have turned to getting my assignments finished and to starting teaching again. A very busy time ahead.
One unrelated project was completed – a submission for a show and I heard I was through the selection when I was away on holiday. I’ll post pictures when the exhibition opens in October.
At the moment I’m working on my 3D piece for C&G and today I was following my own advice to myself to make sure I had thought through the whole of the construction process before rushing in and getting started. I immediately hit a snag: I wanted to use template plastic both for accurate cutting and for some stiffening pieces. I’d bought the roll some weeks ago to be ready but – it wouldn’t unroll! That curl seemed permanent. I googled to see if there was any advice out there and tried weighting it with a baking tray of hot water; curly still. Used a hairdryer to warm it but the heat wasn’t even and it buckled. Advice from sunnier climes suggested laying it out ‘on a hot sidewalk’ but the weather wasn’t co-operating.
I decided to be bold and submerged a trial piece in boiling water for a few minutes then whipped it out and left it sandwiched it between two heavy chopping boards. Success! Flat, smooth plastic.