12 Nov

Laser Cut Work for the Eastside Culture Crawl

In preparation for the Eastside Culture Crawl I decided to translate two more of my paper cuts into laser cut wood. I went with bamboo plywood again simply because I had a few pieces left over from the commission I did for Earnest Ice Cream. Both of these are 23.5″ in diameter.

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Remember the manhole cover design I created for Ironclad Art in the spring of this year? When it didn’t make it as a final selection I always had it in mind to use the design for something else. Here it is realized in laser cut bamboo. It would’ve made a crazy, mind-blowing manhole cover on the streets of Vancouver.

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This second piece is a translation of the flowerburst/fireworks I’ve been making multiples of for an installation. I cut one much larger than the others (about 9″ in diameter instead of the usual 3″) and this one was the basis for the laser cut. At this larger size of 23.5″ in diameter the design feels really intense. My initial reaction upon seeing it was, “this is crazy!”

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I am very excited with the potential for further laser cutting explorations, and how well my paper cut work translates.

Come see these pieces and more at my studio this weekend during the Eastside Culture Crawl.

© Rachael Ashe