Week Three – Farrah

Experimentation

I began Week Three by experimenting. I think this is always a great way to start the week as it is fun and really puts you in a great mood. As I had discussed in my previous tutorial with Miranda, I was going to experiment with creating sculptures of animals which are at risk from plastic pollution and rubbish. I decided to start by making a bird made from wire. I chose a bird as it is a very familiar shape to start with. I began by taking wire which I had found around my house, and used pliers and cutters to manipulate it into shape. Although I enjoyed what I was doing, it was really difficult to get the correct frame and shape with the wire, as it was too stiff for me to bend. The exercise was useful as it allowed me to experiment with the wire and see what I needed to source to improve. Although not yet finished, I am pleased with it as it is recognizably a bird.

After experimenting with wire I had found in my house and garage, and realising the limitations of the material, I decided to purchase some craft wire. I am not entirely comfortable with buying wire, as my project is all about re-using and re-cycling materials, but I would like to get comfortable with making sculptural shapes and using the proper materials may help me with this. The picture below depicts the different sizes of craft wire which I have bought. I was really surprised at how much easier the wire is to bend and manipulate compared with the wire I had found around my house; it was so much more fun to work with as I was not struggling with the stiffness.

Using my new craft wire I decided to experiment with making a turtle. The turtle is an animal which I have admired for a long time; they have beautiful, gentle souls. They are an animal which tugs at my heartstrings, particularly with regards to the dreadful way they are affected by plastic pollution. I think I would like to do more research on the turtle, to understand more about it, how it lives and how it is affected by our human presence.

Making my wire turtle was a lovely experience. I found the shape so comfortable, and once I had created the curved frame, it was really enjoyable to just weave the wire around it creating the different patterns of the body. It is a relaxing thing to do in the evening, and as I am creating the turtle, I have been reflecting on the way we treat animals and how our presence on Earth is damaging to all of the species around us.

Workshop Reflection

A vulnerable Siamese fighting fish or betta (Betta splendens) in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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