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Plastic fantastic from Clare Knox-Bentham

This got a quite a reaction when Modenus’ Tim tweeted about it from the New Designers show in London.  Clare Knox-Bentham makes jewelry and artistic lace panels by using the industrial process of heat-extruding liquid Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate to hand draw her works. The large glue-gun like extrusion tool heats EVA plastic to a very high temperature and allows it to flow through a nozzle, which she can then control and draw with. We know its true because we have seen the burns on her hands.  The result is complex, chaotic and mesmerizing. And, we suspect, destined for a very cool club or bar very soon.

Clare  is fascinated with the Mexican tradition of celebrating the dead. Each large-scale plastic drawing she creates celebrates someones life, as is done during the El Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead festival. This piece was feature at last year’s Collect 2010 exhibit at Saatchi Gallery, where it was displayed with proper lighting to maximize the shadow play of the pattern.

Her current, “The Walking Dead”  installation at Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a large scale example of her work, with each individual drawing linking together, completing stories and developing tales.

A finally, for those of us who aren’t the greatest fans of skulls and walking dead, a much happier in situ installation, with focus on parakeets.

Little bit of trivia on the side: If parakeets in England sound like an exotic dream, think again, the South East of the Fair Green Isle is full of them, so much so that some say they are becoming a nuisance. If you are planning to attend Decorex this autumn you’ll see them in the Royal Hospital Gardens.

  • Anonymous

    @CKBDesigns:twitter Plastic Fantastic on Modenus!

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