Saturday, 15 August 2009

The Preacher










(gaah! I just realised I forgot to paint eyelashes on that eye!)

This is the most resent thing I've done, It was kind of a experiment. I wanted to try and make something a bit different and more abstract. I was thinking about making a whole series of these, each based around an old photograph and the unknown person depicted, each very different. But I'm not sure... will see.

As I said, this is the last of my completed projects, and tomorrow I'm moving to the other side of the country to study, and hopefully become a professional prop-maker. I'm not sure how much time I'll have for my personal projects and I won't be able to bring all of my tools and materials so the things I make probably won't be as complicated as some of my other stuff, but ensure you I have lots of interesting ideas I want to realise- Hubertus deer relic, the Swedenborgian Eye and many other yet-to-be-named projects.

Anyway, just so you know, It's probably gonna be a while before I post again.


Friday, 14 August 2009

Memento Mori Music box












The tune is Charles Gounod's "Funeral march for a marionette"

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This is one of my latest projects, It's actually a combination of many different ideas i had, I wanted to make something that was slightly paradoxical, macabre and beautiful at the same time, surreal and realistic. A blind dance of death and dreams. And the classical Memento Mori theme.
The Idea of making a music box really appealed to me, to speak to the ears and not only the eyes.

It's made up of all kinds of materials, wood, plaster, cardboard and clay, to mention a few. The feet are real skeleton from a row-deer and the skull is from a small bird. the style borrows both from rococo, art nouveau and a lot from my own mind of course.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Von Richt's mechanical glove


Dr. Hugo Von Richt's mechanical glove for experimental Phrenoscalpoteraputic treatment - Von Richt Institution, 1860's.














And a video to show how it works...


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This is probably the most complicated project I've done, I started it over a year ago, inspiered by 19th century finger exercisers, then it was put on the shelf until I finally decided to give It a go again.

It's made mostly of leather and brass. It has endless hours of grinding, filing, and sanding put into it, the hardest thing was to actually make it fit my hand, and be functional,this was achieved mostly by trial and error (and a lot pain for my fingers!) It still need some minor adjustments. But I really like how it turned out, and I hope you do too.

And I also got a flickr site now at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/curiomira You are welcome to visit.


Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Deus ex Arca


Salesman's box for genetically engineered pets, Rigor Weertman & Sons, The Cristogonus Corperation.










This one is a bit special, not only because it took very long to make and is the biggest thing I've made, but it's also the only piece that isn't based on history, but rather on a future to come, or an alternative reality..

It's made to both be serious and have a dark sense of humor. The box includes - Two taxidermy specimens, A fetus in the making (for demonstration purposes), a small lamp that folds up, ordering forms, eye and fur samples etc.