I've been working on this narrative object for almost a year now. It will be part of my "measurement" series of artworks on early measurement systems and ideas about measuring abstract concepts and aspects of the world.
The piece grows out of watching the BBC series - Time Team - and the clearinghouse term "Ritual" which is used seeming when palentologists can't figure out the utilitarian purpose for something. Ritual in the ancestor of organized religion from what I understand.
I still have one more brass magnifying glass arms to buy and position on the third set of objects (the thorns which will have some gold and red detailing applied to them) and then it will be a complete piece. The two structures under the glass domes represent dolmens and a henge which are early worship structures. The figure is the 'everyman' the proto human who we as the godlike observer can view through the magnifying lenses.
I found the books of Steph Swainston about five years ago and avidly down tracked the four she had written to date. After a hiatus from writing, Steph is back with 3 new books planned.
It has been my great fortune to get to know her over the past few months and I even have had the privilege of designing a cover for a small press book of hers that came out in The Netherlands as well as illustrating something that will appear in her forthcoming book this fall with Gollancz.
As an even greater gracious privilege she has allowed me to use some of her character sketches and background material from her Fourlands series and do a small book from my own Air and Nothingness Press (aanpress.com).
The books arrived today and if you are interested in her imaginative world I hope you will consider buying one. With this being my own publishing effort I can add a few extra design details into the mix. The cover to this 52 page book features french flaps which fold out to display some amazing woodcut illustrations by Paul Landacre which evoke very well the feel of the Fourlands (the b0ok also has a map of the Fourlands illustrated by me within its pages).
If you are an admirer of Steph's writing this would make a great addition to your collection.
a nice day out and time means i can start to take photos of some of the backlog of things i have been working on the last few months. this is a tool box made out of pine 12" x 12" x 24" in a japanese style with a wedge lock. i like how the handles are flush with the ends and i am fairly certain the slaps on the top allow you to use it as a mini sawhorse and/or set of bench dogs. was fun to build and i think i will be doing some others to sell. the wedge locking/sliding lid system is genius