Just back from an interesting week in Copenhagen researching for a project/article about the accidental introduction of Italian plants to Denmark in the 19th century. Some years ago, I read a very brief anecdote about a group of Italian plants which appeared one summer in Copenhagen, supposedly carried to the city as seeds in the […]
Been a little quiet on the research blog front as most of late last year and the beginning of this year was occupied with the making of 100,000 (entirely by hand using a manual tablet press!) vanilla tablets for an exhibition on fakes at Science Gallery Dublin. Actually, quite a lot of the research behind […]
Working on a translation of Propertius for fun + so as not to lose my Latin. I’m doing it in two stages. The first is a word-by-word literal translation with all the grammatical information. The second is a silly, modernised version of the translation which is, unsurprisingly, really very difficult indeed.
I posted some more information about the Paris quarries project up over here. It’s something that will remain in an ongoing state for as long as we’re in Paris, but I turned out perhaps a bit more nebulous than I would have liked. Partly, I think it’s because I didn’t set off with a very […]
I’ve recently started working on a new project about the quarries underneath Paris, limestone and urban geology. Since it’s still very early in the process, everything is a bit of a jumble in my mind – I know I want to look at the relationship between the history, labour, materials and processes which contributed to […]
I’ve just returned from nearly a month living and working on a limestone quarry in the Untersberg massif, just outside Salzburg. The workshop was lead by Greek sculptor, Andreas Lolis. My main reason to participate was to gain a solid technical basis for working with stones (both by hand and with power tools) a little […]
A few weeks ago, we went on a bit of a road trip across Finland to visit five of the six sites of the Struve Geodetic Arc which stretch across the country north to south. I’d already been to Mustaviiri Island in the Gulf of Finland, the sixth site, late last year – hence only five of […]
Working on a new print in the lithography lab for an artist’s book I’ve made as part of my MA graduation project on the history of the idea of progress and the Struve Geodetic Arc. Lithography is a hugely labour-intensive, complex, and thoroughly exhausting process, but it’s beautifully direct, surprising and incredibly joyful.
A few images from today’s start to the series of trips planned for one of my MA graduation projects about the Struve Geodetic Arc. Over the next few months, I’ll visit each of the six nominated original triangulation spots in Finland maintained as part of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage sites. Along the way, I’ll be […]
The original visualisation on which the window design was based Matching glass colours The glass is mouth-blown into long cylinders and then formed into sheets through a series of varrying-temperature ovens Making a small test panel with the first cartoon (it did not go well at all!) After the test panel made quite obvious that […]