Archive | October 2013

Week 13

Rebecca says:

What happened this week?

Now that we had got the squid glowing nicely, we were keen to see how they would look assembled together. We decided to do a trial run in my backyard, so hired a pop-up canopy for the evening and set it up with the squid that I had already prepared.

There’s still a few elements of the installation to finish off, but the trial gave us a great indication of how it should look on the night.

squidincanopy

What did you learn?

The trial run was a great opportunity to check measurements and tweak different aspects of the installation. I definitely learnt a lot from the process.

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

I’d like to say that I’m excited about picking up the rest of the printed squid, but I anticipate that they’re going to take over my life from here on in!

What’s next?

I’m picking up a giant digital fabric print of the moon from AUT’s Textile and Design Lab next week. Wait to see what we’re doing with that!

Moon

Siouxsie says:

What happened this week?

Last week Rebecca and I had a trial run, setting up five of the glowing squid in a tent in her back garden. Fortunately all the bacteria behaved and were glowing beautifully. It was great to get a feel for what our piece is going to look like.

What did you learn?

That Rebecca’s garden is full of mosquitoes! I picked up 75 bites in the two hours we were setting everything up.

Mozzie bites on Siouxsie's legs

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

I can’t wait for the event and seeing what everyone thinks of our project.

What’s next?

On the bacteria side, we are just preparing the litres and litres of growth media we will need to fill all the squid each night of the festival.

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Week 11

Rebecca says:

What happened this week?

We’ve had a break from the blog over the past two weeks, as I’ve been working with Danny to stop the 3D printed squids from leaking. We finally cracked it  – a low-tech solution of coating the models with layers of PVA and then polyurethane.  I’ve done a couple rounds of testing, and they all seem to be holding well.

On Thursday, we finally got to see the sealed up squid with bacteria in action. They’re looking amazing!

Side on squid

What did you learn?

It’s definitely been quite a learning curve working with these new materials and techniques. Similar to other creative projects that I have worked on, you never quite know what you are going to end up with, until you get stuck in and give something a go.

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

I can’t wait to see and hear other people’s reactions to the project once the installation is in place. We’re pretty excited about our glowing squid, and we hope others will be too!

What’s next?

Next up is printing the twenty-odd squid and starting the production line to seal them all up. My workspace is going to be overrun by squid for the next week or so!

Following that is finalising the last structural elements of the installation. Just over three weeks to go now!

Siouxsie says:

What happened this week?

It’s been a quiet few weeks on the lab front while I waited for the little squid to be made leak-proof. After several attempts it looks like Rebecca and Danny have cracked it and today Rebecca brought around a couple of models for us to play with. They look absolutely fantastic filled with the glowing bacteria.

What did you learn?

That it is possible to make a leak-proof 3D printed squid. Phew!

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

If I’m this excited at seeing two glowing squid, I can’t imagine what I’m going to be like when we have about twenty of them!

What’s next?

Now we know it’s all going to work, we need to decide how many squid to have in the piece and get them printed and made water tight. Meanwhile, back in the lab we’ll start making up all the twenty or so litres of media we are going to need to grow the bacteria in.

Squid triptych