The Drawing for the Wire Art
The Wire Art
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.
Of course when I'm doing a commission for someone, I take the steps necessary to make the final work come out just like the pattern I sent the customer for approval.