Ok my first post on here, thought I would start with my latest Piece. Pi r dog. Look I am not academic, but I am smart and I like to learn, which is why I am at University. The best way to learn is by asking questions, and no body asks questions better than an artist, I love to draw and make things, hense the Drawing and Image Making course. So the Project, a limited edition or series on what ever you like. Wow where do you start? So I started my asking a question, what is Pi? Pi is my dog, so called because of the perfect circle on his back, a Jack Russell Terrier, so he is full of character, random, and a mind oh his own, but I do love him. Pi is also a mathimatical equation for working out the circumference of a circle by the diameter. Sounds simple but actually it is very complex, yep sounds like Pi. Diameter x 3.1415...... ok there are lots of digets it is an irrational number, yep this really sounds like Pi. So I decided to combine the two. Pi the dog and Pi the number, simple, yeah right. This is what I did, I took Pi to 40,000 places or there about's even counting was difficult and used those digits to produce an image of Pi. Bold for the dark areas and light (text/numbers) for the light areas. This took awhile as you can image. But if that was not hard enough I then seperated each number onto a different layer from 0 to 9.
Are you still with me? Hope so I put a lot of work into this, weeks and weeks, so much so that I gave myself repetitive strain injury (it hurts by the way but not to worry almost all gone but you have to suffer for your art, please tell me this is true or I won't do it again). Any way here is the idea for the limited edition and a series combined. This may get confusing, 10 prints all of the same image of a dog called Pi, made from the numbers of Pi. This is made up of two layers one base layer on tracing paper, and one layer of clear acetate. The base layer for print one has all numbers of Pi to make up the image of Pi with all the 0 removed. The acetate layer has just the 0 printed. Print 2 has all the numbers of Pi minus the number 1 on the base layer and all the 1's on the acetate layer. Still with me? Good, and so on right upto layer 10. So ten prints of the same image, but each one is different. Now for the clever bit, well I think so, if all the acetate layers were put together, they will make the same, yet different image of Pi. Let me explain that again. If all ten people who owned a print got together and placed all the acetate sheets from their print together, they would get the same image as their print, only it will just be made up of acetate sheets and look more 3D or should that be 3.14D anyway. That is it Pi r dog, buy a print and you get a piece of Pi. It came out well and I am please with the result only,..... I am a poor art student to this work is printed on acetate, which although it works and is relatively cheap (it still cost me nearly £200 for all the A1 print) it would be so, so much better if the numbers were engraved on toughened glass. The acetate is fine but it is a bit flimsy, if you know what I mean, beside when I originally thought of this I imagined using the glass from the frame. But after doing a little reseach I found that this would cost me around £2,000 to do it that way, as a poor art student this was out of the question. Come to think of it right now with Christmas coming £200 should have been out of the question, but hey ho, the concept is there and it works. Any road up one day when I am a famous successful artist I can come back to this and have just what I imagined, but right now I will have to make do. So there you go my latest work, next is a book :) for this I will have to ask more questions and make more connections. I really do love making connections especially if it involves Pi, that's Pi the dog, Pi the number was painful. Ok that's enough for my first post A Piece of Pi once I work out how to post pictures I will, until then you will have to use your imagination.
Ok that was easier than I thought