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Geesin, Frances (2002) Passivation. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Geesin, Frances

The title of this exhibition reflects a process used during the research whereby a solution alters the chemical structure on the surface of a metal creating a spectrum of colour possibilities.

This built on the artist’s research, which pioneered the electroplating of textiles and adaption of industrial experimental colouring processes. By using applied dilute hydrochloric acid selectively, which degraded the zinc coating it became a painting and drawing tool. Plating transforms a soft fabric into a rigid structure and describes and determines both the surface and the void within. A series of non-functional vessels were presented as a metaphor for the family: each vessel was crafted from the same mould. During their making differences occur. They share the same beginning, but each has its own identity and place. Time intervenes contributing to a gradual transformation in the patination of the boundaries. The research question was, 'Is it possible to adapt an industrial material and process for craft based work and create a new aesthetic?'

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Frances Geesin

I am currently working with the Institute of Nanotechnology exploring nanomedical images and interpreting them into 2D and 3D work for exhibitions. In preparation, I am collaborating with Steven Harkin (LCF), creating accessories with industrial materials and metalising techniques. I am also working with Queen Mary UL 'The Intelligent fashion Group "Living Colour"'.

I am developing photonic systems onto textiles in collaboration with other specialists. This area of work has potential for many types of optical elements both passive and active. The emphasis of my research interest is in aesthetics. Fabric samples are presently being treated and the results will demonstrate the possibilities for, and viability of, future collaborations. A company has provided me with a range of industrial conductive shielding materials which I am currently using and assessing. The successful collaboration with Scilla Speet, Head of Jewellery at Central Saint Martins, continues as we enjoy each others contribution and involvement. I am working towards a project with a Cognitive Neural Scientist at Manchester University exploring fabric as a metaphor for representing pain.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 25 October 2002
Funders: Leverhulme Trust
Event Location: Dashwood Gallery, Hall Place, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ
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Hall Place, Bexley, Kent2002
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2009 22:49
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2010 09:47
Item ID: 1719
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1719

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