Featured Artist - Phil Cuttance

At Jesmonite Australasia we are very proud to support the very talented designer Phil Cuttance from New Zealand. 
Phils work shows just what can be achieved when Jesmonite is used in unorthodox ways and outside of our standard methodology.
"I'm a designer / maker from New Zealand.
I'm interested in methods of making which endow my object with visual clues about how they were made.
All of my objects are handmade in my London Studio. Their complex forms and sharp lines mean it is sometimes assumed they have been made using CAD software, CNC maching, or 3D printing, but they on closer inspection reveal that they are all handmade. Often tiny imperfections, a result of the processes by which they are made, give this away." - Phil Cuttance
 
Pleat Objects Made With Jesmonite AC730
"The process I have developed to create these 'Pleat' objects is an entirely hand-made process. I begin by drawing a mathematically complex pattern which represents a flattened version of the final 3d shape. I then overlay a sheet of thin transparent plastic sheet which I score and fold according to the pattern underneath. This produces the 3D 'Pleat' origami-like relief. I then cast resin directly onto this folded sheet.
People are often surprised by the sharp edged cement-like finish , and assume it is made by a CNC router. The surface texture and feel is of matte fine-stone finish
These pieces are an experiment in materiality, and an exercise of how far I can push my process ; A large stone bowl is created from a mould made from delicate 0.5mm thick plastic sheet. This juxtaposition between the first step of the process and its final conclusion is the essence of the intrigue of my process."
     
Herringbone Objects 
Each of Phil's Herringbone objects is handmade from Jesmonite.

To achieve a textured surface, he made a set of patterned resin moulds. This pattern was first created on paper, before being projected onto a flat plastic sheet.

The plastic sheet is then cut and pleated according to the pattern – forming a flat mould that is then folded into the desired shape. Phil then manually shapes this casting into each of the objects' individual forms.

"Almost any shape is achievable now using CNC and 3D-printing technologies, and these shapes can be made to be almost perfect. These technologies definitely have their place in design and craft, but I think their increasing ubiquity makes the truly handmade more valuable.

I like to create objects that initially appear to be made using these technologies, but a closer inspection reveals that they aren't perfect, and are clearly handmade, as revealed by their imperfections. I like to invest time and effort into developing handmade processes that encourage this confusion."

 

Phil's designs and workshope are available from his website www.philcuttance.com

 

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