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« on: March 29, 2005 02:03:10 PM »

I'm currently doing a college art project that I have reached a massive block with, and I'm really hoping someone out there can help me...

I'm a student blacksmith collecting a large volume of research on a topic I've chosen in order to design a product in forged steel. I'm not worried about the designing but I need help with my research.

The topic I've chosen is surface desecration, with a focus on removing, destroying or penetrating surfaces. Research I've done in this area has been broad and I now want to look in detail at grating... as in (but not limited to, if you can think of anything else that will grate) cheese graters.

I've grated and examined clay. I've drawn gratings and patterns made on surfaces that have been grated. I've experimented with grating different textures. I've drawn numerous graters and short of this, I can't really see at all where I'm now going. Everything has become very literal...

I'm hoping some bright spark will be able to open this back up for me, and help recover me from the stupid box like thinking I've got myself stuck in... (Or at least tell me theres no where left to go and to make my subject of research wider)

I would really appreciate some reply to this. Dug a massive hole...





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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2005 02:06:08 PM »

How about grating other things and seeing what the mixture does for you? lemons/limes, sponges, meat, etc. There could be some textural interest with the different items.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2005 02:10:01 PM »

Ahh, like mixing up all different sorts of gratings? I'll try this one tomorrow, definately. I'd try just about anything right now to be honest... Thanks loads for replying. Keep them coming, keep them coming...
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2005 02:16:31 PM »

In my art class we had to bring in an object at the first of the semester that we were required to work with all year. I brought an eyelash curler.

If you haven't already, try perspective stuff from up inside the grater . . .

Put it over a light bulb and turn the lights off.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2005 02:17:12 PM »

Ack wait a minute . . . that probably wasn't so helpful since it's not an art project.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2005 02:18:14 AM »

No no, I can definately do something with that. In fact, thats probably better than the first suggestion you gave me. It is an art project.

Your being so helpful, this is good stuff.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2005 01:44:39 PM »

i was thinking, what about fingers, knuckles, hands? 

i mean, someone had to fahion the grater, somebody stamped the grater out of a larger piece of metal (which is a penetrating.destructive process, too). . .

i USE the grater and know what it does and STILL i manage to grate my fingernails, knuckles, etc. when i'm using it or cleaning it.

the grater without an operator does not grate anything.  that migh tbe a way to work other tangents into the concept.
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2005 10:03:18 PM »

How about grating unusual objects?  Like a steel grater grating softer metals (copper, aluminum), rocks, wood, plastic, books, a tv, or even another grater?  That might give you a new direction to go with.  Hand powered vs. Technology.  Kitchen (Woman's domain) vs. ......Garages (powertools, lawnmower, Man's domain).
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2005 09:31:53 AM »

Other items like rasps, files and riffles also metal scribes, engravers, steel wool even.  Mark your surface with every rough or sharp item you can lay your hands on and do a study and comparison.  Perhaps a collage of the surface, the tool used embedded in the shavings or filings obtained with that particular tool!  Kind of rambling and disjointed but hope I helped!
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