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Monday, February 14, 2005

Brass Animals

Heather's studio is almost finished.

After one of the most arduous wiring jobs I've ever attempted (I nearly fried my self with house-current while balancing on one foot atop a 14-foot ladder), the lamps that Heather's folks gave her for her birthday are finally installed, the power tools are gone, and the space is ready to house creation.

The lamps turned out wonderfully:


The Garland Lights are by Tord Boontje for Artecnica, though I think they came to us through Moss. Each lamp consists of a single piece of laser-cut brass, etched with incredibly intricate (and non-repeating) silhouettes of happy vegetation, and a standard 60w bulb. The brass comes as a flat sheet, that the purchaser is meant to bend and knot around the bulb, breathing life into the static leaves. We bent ours for weeks, meticulously giving each vine the right twist and allowing each flower to bloom fully. Now that the room is electrified, we are done.

Happy with the malleability of the material, I didn't let a bit of metal go to waste. Here are some animals I made out of the scrap brass:

Brass Animal 1

Brass Animal 2

Brass Animal 3

Brass Animal 4

Brass Animal 5

Brass Animal 6

Blogger terrashmerra thought:

please come work your design magic at my apartment ! can i use some of the brass animal pics on my blog ?

February 14, 2005 at 6:55 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

Congrats...really cool!

February 14, 2005 at 6:58 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:


You can of course use the pix, I don't post anything I don't want to travel. In fact, I have a large group shot of all the animals on Flickr, that might be more useful (and something fresh)...

As for the design magic, any one can do it, you certainly can (the wine knowledge is impressive, you clearly have taste). I've just been practicing a long time (though I'll admit art school didn't hurt). Just carefully consider every single thing, and never buy crap.

Enjoy my animals,


February 14, 2005 at 9:13 PM - Comment Permalink  

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