Tag Archives: iron, steel

November 19, 2013

Magic

What do we see in certain things?     One of my favourite objects in my studio is just a piece of crushed wrapping paper. It came to me as the padding around a book sent by mail in a box, Read more

 
October 8, 2013

Autumn

Constructions of the mind     Could it be that ‘it’ was in the air? That we walk around with themes that unconsciously develop in our head until they are ‘ripe’ to be triggered? This morning my eye was caught Read more

 
July 30, 2013

Bricks and iron

Building blocks   No time to write long blog posts: I am in the process of giving birth to a book! But my eye continues to travel and this is what I have collected rcently. The brick walls of a Read more

 
April 30, 2013

Ferns

Ferns   Karl Blossfeldt, Adiantum Pedatum (maidenhair fern) My walk today was meant to be a break from nineteenth century steel. It led me unexpectedly to early twentieth century wrought iron. After a long winter the ferns are unfurling from a sea Read more

 
April 6, 2013

Bricks

   Brickwork… and the use of iron in architecture   These days I’m reading about the use of iron in early architecture, especially since a group of researchers has found a way to reveal the DNA of ancient pieces of Read more

 
March 16, 2013

Old iron

Ancient metallurgy   I’m plunged in the early days of iron production about which lots of research have been done over the past twenty years. Iron is generally not the most admired of metals and when I called a Dutch Read more

 
January 18, 2013

Doodles

The quality of a line   What is the difference between a line – and certainly characters – drawn by hand and in print? How come that in the first case there is an unmistakable warmth which is hard to Read more

 
October 26, 2012

Reinforcing steel

Rebar   Hidden from view inside a park not too far from my home is a large building site. Contrary to most construction sites around us these days the entrance gate is never closed and, apart from the builders, hardly Read more

 
October 8, 2012

Inspiration: the small scale

Inspiration: the small scale   We’re often being taught to expand, to research new things, to think big. But what about remaining true, at least for a while, to the small scale? The painter Giorgio Morandi found repeated inspiration (and fame) Read more

 
August 16, 2012

Reading and writing

Vagabondage Here is another quotation in the same spirit as in last week’s blog post from an inspiring little book, ‘What is history’ by E. H. Carr: ‘…as soon as I have got going on a few of what I Read more