Thinking big; the process of a recent commission.

After a day at the fair trade market in Manly this past Saturday, we took a quick detour to visit four woven lights I finished at the end of October. They are hanging in a brand new rammed earth house right on the plateau between two beaches.

After an approach from an interior designer, I visited the site of the half-built house and made up a design based on my basket weaving techniques. For the dining room we decided on a combination of palm, (coastal),  passionfruit vine, krokia and old painted corrugated iron in greys and pinks which match the colours in the rammed earth walls and formed concrete ceiling. These were pretty straightforward and after some balancing issues  they were hung with no dramas. The shadows from these create lots of atmosphere for dinner parties. Here are some pics I took.

The big courtyard door below and a kitchen island were made from salvaged telephone poles. Apparently there’s a guy on the central coast who has a huge stockpile – good tip for green renovators!

For the living room, the designers asked me to weave a light as big as a packing crate using recycled corrugated iron. 1.2m across – the biggest diameter I have ever attempted. I blindly agreed, (completely underquoted) and discovered I needed to weave 3.7m of iron strips, source a three-point light hub rom Melbourne, find an engineer to weld up a frame, learn to pop rivet and spend many hours with my poor old dad helping me attach it to the frame (we still talk). Below are a few shots of the process. Although it all got too busy at the end and I didn’t get any of attaching it to the naked frame.

Luckily it worked out perfectly well in the end. It took three men to carry it into the house and I am glad they have the formed concrete ceiling to hang it from!

The owner builds supermarkets so he combined a lot of the techniques from his industrial work with rammed earth construction. They are waiting for new sitting room furnishings to match the dimensions and colours of the room.

And in the bathroom something a little organic…

I love the tiles they have used. It resembles a modern Morrocan bath house. When they run a bath and turn on the dimmed pendant light in the evening; shadows and steam will combine to provide such a sanctuary. Ahhhhh.