1. A groundbreaking creative process
After 7 months and a significant five figure capital investment I have finally figured out a series of complex processes that allow me to create these incredible carbon fibre art works.
Layering the artworks with liquid resin (that cures solid) has meant that Adrian and I have had to convert part of the studio into a clean room to help stabilize the resin pouring process (an inert, particle free space that runs at a constant 22°).
We’re working with some of the major manufacturers in the UK to help us refine the product to do what we want it to do and we have also accumulated a range of rare earth pigments and powders that are so magnificent that they defy belief!
From the arrival of the carbon fibre weave we’re busy working through an exhaustive series of steps that include hand-laying the carbon fibre sheet (from a roll) and bonding/impregnating it with resin. Then there are the first resin pours to consider, then sanding, pouring and more sanding to be done. We even have a degassing chamber to get rid of bubbles in the resin.
The coloured pigment shapes have to be created but they’re done away from the frame and carbon fibre. I have developed a technique that allows me to make some beautiful shapes and forms and it’s unlike anything I have ever seen, or tried, before. When they are cured I can trim the shapes to the size I want and arrange them carefully before the bonding layer is applied.
Then it’s a matter of pouring and curing multiple resin layers, one after the other, with all the sanding and surface prep to do between each layer. Each cast pigment shape sits on its own thin layer of resin and this is, in part, how the 3D effects are created (see below).