Both the aesthetic and social significance of the handwritten word inspire Gwen's work. Traditional hand skills, in particular quilting are also great sources of inspiration.Using found samples of handwriting dating back to 1910, Gwen is able to transfer their qualities on to new surfaces through laser etching. This technique offers a new way of marking the surface of natural materials. The burned mark also adds to the suggestion of permanence and questions traditional notions of preciousness.
Resin and screen printed tissue paper.
Wood, bone, resin and gold leaf.
Clear and opal Perspex
Wood, bone, book cover and silver.
Hamburg Bone Pins
Laser etched bone, silver and steel.