Calling all prop makers, costumiers, fabricators, cosplayers, LARPers and more! We are excited to announce that from the 14th of July we will be stocking a range of EVA foams, foam dowels, foam balls, Plasti Dip paints and sealers.
EVA foam is an extremely versatile material which is easy to work with, lightweight, comes in different densities/thicknesses and is used in a variety of different applications. The foam is easy to cut, form and bond and can be painted and weathered to simulate lots of different finishes such as metal, wood, plastic and leather to name just a few. The material is used in many different industries – from fashion to film sets. You could use it to create giant sci-fi armour, a Viking shield, distressed fantasy leathers and much more.
We ran a 1-day model making workshop as part of the London Festival of Architecture entitled 'Use of Metal Etching for Architecture Models'. The workshop was led by Armor from Atelier La Juntana.
Building on the Festival´s year theme – identity - participants were asked to explore the role that building facades, particularly architectural skins, play on defining the identity of the city.
Each participant created an architecture skin through a geometrical pattern of their own design which was drawn onto a transparent acetate and then transfered onto a brass metal plate through the process of cyanotype and photo etching. The process recreates the materiality of perforated metal, a cutting-edge material widely use in modern architecture.
Iain, our Etching Supervisor, was onhand to help with the different stages of the etching process.
The participants left the workshop with a full understanding of the etching process as well as a diploma for attending the course.
We will be repeating this workshop sometime in the future, you can register an interest by contacting Armor at Atelier La Juntana via the link below.
The Thinking Place is a project by Mark Riley that emerged from his PhD studies at Goldsmiths College back in 2005. He looked at the relationship between a philosopher, Martin Heidegger, and his ‘thinking place’, an unassuming wooden building in the Black Forest.
From here, he began exploring other thinkers and the locations and buildings associated with them.
The creative work involves a number of practices including the construction of accurate scale models and dioramas.
His work is now features in the exhibition ‘Machines a Penser’ at Fondazione Prada Venice as part of this year’s Architecture Biennale. The exhibition runs until the 25th November 2018.
He has made three dioramas for the exhibition, Wittgenstein's Hut at Skjolden, Heidegger's Hut at Todtnauberg and Rousseau's Cabin at Ermenonville.
Mark used a number of our products for his models including: Clear acrylic sheet, balsa, styrofoam, acrylic spraypaint, enamel paint, model trees, flock, foliage, plaster bandage, wire mesh, UHU and balsa cement.
We took the opportunity to get involved with the 'Tree of the Year' competition run by the Woodlands Trust.
The competition shortlists 28 trees from around the UK and the public to vote for their favourite.
The Gilwell Oak came out on top and was put forward to the European Tree of the Year competition, in which it came 5th attracting 12,955 votes.
The Gilwell Oak, situated in Gilwell Park in Epping, has historic connections. It is reputed to have been used as a hiding place by Dick Turpin and is synonymous with scouting movement.
Situated close to the Scouts training ground, it was adopted by Robert Baden Powell as a metaphor to young scouts that big things are possible from modest starts.
Our model of the Gilwell Oak was presented to the Scouts and is now on display in their Gilwell Park headquarters.