This piece was made specially for the Bishopsland Educational Trust 20 Year Exhibition at COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, London May 2013.
The exhibition was selected by eminent curator Mary LaTrobe Bateman OBE, presenting fresh responses by Senior Fellows (those commissioned by the P&O Makower Trust) to original commissions.
The biggest piece of silverware that I have made to date and a huge challenge to make.
My initial starting point and inspiration was a paper-cut drawing of a line of trees and a fence, of a place that I pass by every day on the way to my studio. It is an area with spectacular views across the North Downs. But as it is on a busy dual carriageway, I have never been able to stop and take a closer view, so the piece I created is based on brief glimpses and momentary recollection.
I wanted to make the piece to look as near to my original paper-cutting, therefore the use of laser cutting was the best option, especially for a piece of silver this size!
Getting a piece of laser cut silver rolled into a cylinder is no mean feat. Luckily for me I had a friend who is an aircraft engineer and so, amidst the huge aeroplanes in a giant aircraft hanger, deep in the countryside, we made the silver cylindrical. Probably one of the most exciting but nail-biting parts of making this piece.
The rest of the making in some respects was the easy part!
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