I like how this one came out: good balance and spacing while the overall shape seems to “work.” Next time, I will try to make it a bit larger. This one is about ten inches tall and four or five wide.
This piece is a little different from anything I’ve posted so far. It is a single piece about a foot tall and 5-6 inches wide. It could be called a mobile in the sense that it can hang and rotate, throwing interesting shadows if conditions are right. But it could also be hung on the wall as a stationary object, so perhaps it’s best to say it’s “wire sculpture.” Either way, it is all about the lines. I am calling this one “It Flows” because that is the first half-way coherent notion that came to mind when I tried to think up a name.
For various reasons it has been a while since I’ve posted. Part of the reason has been that I have been working on putting up an Etsy site to sell mobiles and wire sculptures. More on that in coming days. I have also been creating more sculptures and mobiles to sell, but I’ll also be posting them here.
Lately, I have been experimenting with wire only mobiles, such as the one below. The idea is to create interesting shapes and curves and have it all be in motion as it catches a breeze.
I should also say, that I have continued to work on photographing these critters. For the most part, I only spray the silver wire lightly so it can also catch the light at times, but this means that it is very difficult for those parts of the wire to show up against a light background.
Finally, I should say that naming these things is also a challenge. I see and meant to create animal shapes in the design, so I’m giving them titles suggestive of live beings.
This wire mobile is a bit more “designed” from the beginning in the sense that I was going for a specific look. In most other cases, I have a vaguer sense of what I want, but let things play out as the piece develops. “Angular and Round” is the provisional title. It is very difficult to name these things.
Here’s another example of an all-wire mobile, which has been a style/material I’ve been experimenting with in the past couple of weeks. I really like spirals, arcs, squiggles, and geometric shapes, so I find this appealing. The wire is galvanized steel, 14 gauge, lightly spray painted with black paint and a touch of orange in a couple of places for highlights. It’s about 18 inches high, wide, and deep.
I’ve been doing a lot of work on my mobiles lately. I’ll be posting here more often and will also create a site on Etsy for anyone who wants to get one. I’ve also been looking around to see what others have been doing and have come across some really great work, which I will be sharing. Here’s a quick tutorial by Mark Leary on how to create a simple mobile.