Crit with Jonny Briggs – 13 Jan 2016

Following his Wilson Road Wednesday afternoon presentation of his work, artist Jonny Briggs held a Crit session for five of us at Peckham Road. This was of particular interest to me as an On-Line student. It was open to all those studying MA Visual Arts and included a presentation from a student of Book Arts as well from my studio based Fine Art Digital colleagues. I was one of five who presented their work. Here is my presentation.








This work has been explained more fully in my previous blogs.


More details about this work can be found in my earlier blogs. But then it was in the planning stage. Now I have started making it.

I have 3 hours of recordings made by my life model Vanessa, and have acquired all the materials as shown to trial a small canvas, and then make the life sized piece.  My next step is the trial work. This will be crudely painted using conductive paint connected to the Bare Conductive Arduino microprocessor and a couple of roughly edited clips from Vanessa’s recordings, and my home hi-fi system.

Stephen Farthing, our chair of drawing at UAL suggested that I try this out on a sculpture instead of a painting.  I will have a go if I have the time, assuming the above (easier!) project is successful. You can hear more about my one-to-one with him in a later blog. I am due to see him again soon.


I have acquired a program called POSER from Smith Micro. I can take an existing 3D scanned image of a man and morph it to look something like the above. The man will have an angular profile and will be used to map a video on to it. The plan is to make it of light grey card (a colour recommended by Alex May to give the best image using his program ‘Painting With Light’ – see earlier blog). Hopefully the card sculpture can be made life size or at least 1 metre tall. I hope to use this video mapping software to make an installation with music similar to the one shown in my Study Proposal blog with the paper tiger .

I have investigated how to make my 3D model in card hopefully using a similar process to the laser cut sculpture described earlier.

Firstly I found a very new 3D colour printer, ARKe from Mcor that has just been shown at CES 2016 and is currently just being released in the USA. This uses standard paper to print and cut the pieces to make the sculpture. It actually glues the pieces together to make the finished piece. I found out about this from the website accompanying the book 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling by Bridgette Mongeon published recently in Sept 2015. See and

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However whilst interesting it did not achieve what I needed to do, costs 9000 US Dollars, and is not accessible to me.

I am now exploring another alternative from from Japan. This is an open source application called Pepakura Designer which runs on Windows 10 and supports various 3D formats including OBJ which I used before to make my sculpture. It produces unfolded patterns from the 3D OBJ file to PDF. I will try this out and see whether I can input it to the Camberwell Laser Cutter, scale up the output and cut the pieces from sheet of card. These will then need to be creased and glued together.

This demonstrates that to produce my artwork I am creating a path rather than following one that has been trod before. We will see whether this works and I will let you know the outcome in a later blog.

Anyway this is what I aim to produce – a 3D humanoid sculpture in card which is then painted with light. The video is based on the paper tiger and I aim to produce something similar using my human card sculpture.


Here is a 15 minute audio of Jonny Brigg’s comments. You will need to turn sound to Maximum.

Thank you Jonny for a very instructive session.





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