Bart Soutendijk Custom wire art and steel-rod wall murals

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first sketch before making a wire mural

First Sketches

Reference pattern to make wire art from

The Drawing for the Wire Art

final wire art made from pattern

The Wire Art






The Drawings

The drawings I use as guides are generally finalized on a computer.  I use the pen tool to make paths and move them around until I like what I have.  Then I export the paths and print the illustration to the size I want. When I think of an image that interests me I can draw it quickly on a piece of paper, scan the drawing with a scanner, and manipulate it on the computer until it’s exactly what I want. I didn’t always use a computer. When I first started making drawings for sculptures, I used a drafting pen on tracing paper.  I’d make a shape, change it by tracing it a little differently on another piece of tracing paper, and cut away the tracing paper that held the line.  To add two partial drawings together, I used a stapler. If things got to messy, I traced the image over again.  I still essentially do the same thing, today, but the computer makes it much easier.

The Wire Wall Art

My goal is a large metal wall mural out of heavy steel wire – also known as light metal rod – about 4 mm in diameter. People are amazed when they find out that I bend the metal by hand.

I could program my computer to make them using water-jet technology, or use an automated wire bending machine, or a 3-D printer, but I’ve chosen to do it all by hand.

I make the art by hand because I’m lazy. Working with my hands is harder so I do less of it and the resulting murals are less complex. I’m sometimes amazed that I actually did something that interesting. An image that took up many lines when I started flows into a few lines that are more expressive and look more like the subject.


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