My Granddad still is the sweetest guys I have known.. and since it's Christmas time and we went to visit his grave I got a tingle of nostalgia in the back of my spine and some childhood memories came to life today. I'm so pleased that I got to meet him rather well growing up next to him as well as my mom, grandma and my older brother. I'm lucky to have learnt about his very ambitious yet humble past and general approach to life by cherishing to the highest rank, the most simple things in life. Spending time as an old man can be tedious and daunting if you have nothing to do, but he always had stuff to do! Like.. growing strawberries, grape vines, carrots, cabbages, oranges, bananas, plums, lemons, all sorts of herbs and loved to grow aloe vera as a medicinal plant and which him and my granny used very often.. This is only to mention a few things off the top of my head.. Not to mention how he loved animals and always had dogs, used to feed a small clan of free pigeons by having a little house for them to chill in our garden, always filled with the finest corn in their own food trays. Every year he would cage the pigeons in his car boot and would drive around 2 hours aways from our house, he would set the pigeons free and would drive back home. Those same pigeons would not take long to find their way back Home and would return home before my granddad even got back.. I think that's pretty cool.. He did a lot more than that though! But I would struggle to mention everything here..
He was always kind and fair to everyone and therefore everyone had a natural tendency to have a lot of admiration for him and I see that virtue as a good 'karma' lesson. Looking back now I really appreciate having learnt how to be close to nature, also preparing, cooking and eating the food that you grow resulting in being self sufficient to an extent. And at the same time being close to nature and keeping your self busy in a peaceful healthy way.
He had a simple yet busy life in his last couple of decades which I think from his perspective he also enjoyed, close to his wife, daughter and seeing his grandchildren growing up around him while he kept him self busy in his very lively garden and never in anyones way.. he's taught me valuable old school tricks! Which I now embrace very much, specially looking at our more modern yet unsustainably fake plastic life we all seem to be entangled in right now!! I think it still is important to remind ourselves of the old ways.. Because apart from laptops, "iPods and iPads" we should still embrace the old ways and the simple things that are more natural in our lives, blending the best of both! Technology and tradition. We shouldn't allow ourselves to be so overwhelmingly distracted by technology alone. Otherwise we are only distancing ourselves from what we really are as Nature's beings.
Ironically I would not be surprised if the old ways will eventually become the new ways of life sometime in the near future, when we all realise that the way things work NOW don't actually work.. It's just.. How long is it going to take, or how far do we need to go, for us realise that!?
Last week I've been pretty busy making an architectural scale model at 1/500 scale for an architect client of mine as well as I was involved making some prototyped enclosures for a German branded drink. Using a milling machine, which was nice as I haven't used one in a while! But also using processes such as tool making for vac forming, moulding and casting, paint effects.. Interesting varied work in short. The pics I will post are not being too revealing, this is all confidential stuff until it hits the market.
Just recently completed a frame commissioned by Sophie Boswell. Since most picture frames I've made so far are black in colour, here I take the chance to show a white frame finished in gloss white.
I have recently started collaborating with Mark Bean at the Biscuit Factory and have since made 4 Frames for the show that the Gallery has currently on "Alternative Christmas Grotto OH, OH, OH!". We have also agreed that it could be a good idea to install a sample board showing different examples and a price list next to the board. These frames are all made from scratch.. the cuts, the detail, dimensions, length and the paint finish. I will also be adding a price list on the scales & Models website, but this one I made for Mark is exclusive to the Vibe Gallery as the price list made so far only works in conjunction with the sample board I made for the Vibe Gallery.
This Gallery is an interesting place, recently opened but with great potentials and ideas. I look forward to seeing how it develops over time. Vibe Gallery: http://vibe-gallery.com/wordpress/
This is a method that I use often to create more curved 3Dimensional shapes accurately using 3D digital models as reference and starting point. By 'slicing' the model horizontally I can create layers, in this occasion I sliced it in 4mm layers, so using 4mm acrylic I can stack each layer up until I have the basic shape at 4mm increments. This is the stage where I then fill the increments with car body filler and eventually sand the surface until I reach the edge on each layer, avoiding to sand much of the acrylic. After sanding it to the required shape I prime it and sand it at least 2 or 3 times until there is an ultra smooth surface which eventually takes on the final coat of paint completing the process.