Millefiori / DMG (digitally made glass) is the next logical, or perhaps illogical, step towards trying to capture some of the light, life and vibrancy that you will find in studio glass, on paper, inspired by a visit to Murano, and the millefiori works they make there. Millefiori tend to be quite small glass objects, often paperweights, broadly made by cutting lengths of multi coloured glass rods, and fusing them into larger pieces, dense with colour, intricacy and detail.
Taking that inspiration as my starting point, I’ve drawn a fairly random collection of glazed pebbles, and set them within a circular form, with no particular rhythm outside of the four circles that contain them. Each is then sculpted internally to contain a four, five, six or seven pointed star form, with a kind of abstracted flower at it’s core. It’s probably the most complex piece I’ve built to date, and really needs to be seen at scale, in the flesh, to really understand the detail and colour that it contains.
For the pigment print editions, I’ve made a silvery white version, and a deep navy piece. Both have 66cm cores, with a good amount of paper surrounding them. If I was choosing the framing, I would mount them flat, and put them ‘straight in’ under the fillets. So the whole focus is on the drawing, not the paper or the mount. Follow the link here if you’d like to view the work as a 120cm diameter Plexiglass edition.