A framework of crisscrossed or parallel bars; a grating or mesh.
Something resembling a framework of crisscrossed parallel bars, as in rigidity or organisation.
A pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines forming squares on a map, a chart, an aerial photograph, or an optical device, used as a reference for locating points.
Network of horizontal and perpendicular lines, uniformly spaced.

09/08/2012- Naomi Doran

Recently i have been to the Royal Academy of Arts in London to the Summer Exhibition 2012 where i saw thousands of pieces of work from hundreds of different artists chosen from an open- submission selection process. One of the selected artists was Naomi Doran who reminded me of my exploration into gridding and repetition. She collects materials used in construction to make her work which is very geometrical in itself, but also explores changing identity, which is something else i have been looking at in my weaving. The way her work will rust and corrode over time means the work is ever-changing and when you see it one week it is not how you will see it the next which i find really interesting. Here is a description of her work from the artist herself:
"Over the years through a process of exploration and experimentation into the creative potential of raw industrial building materials i have developed a very strong style and language in my abstract 'process-based' art. I take my inspiration from the architectural and natural landscape surrounding me, from desolate, derelict, decaying constructions but also from the way in which the elemental forces of nature manipulate and transform surfaces, colours and forms. My art is a direct abstraction of nature and the built environment, a 3D vocabulary of all that surrounds me. It is the unpredictability of working with materials such as these that make every piece an exciting experiment. Often it is the materials that guide me leading the piece into an entirely different and unpredictable direction, sometimes deviating from my original intention. My sculptural paintings incorporate solidified liquid concrete with corroded steel and patinated copper. By encouraging the processes of oxidation and corrosion i have succeeded in creating 'living art'- paintings which evolve over time. In doing this i am able to enhance and emphasise the natural characteristics of the materials themselves. Intricate hairline fractures appear, rust grows, colours develop and transform. The outcome of this symbiotic process is therefore a collaboration between nature and myself, a product of my own design and the environment in which it is created. It is through this process that i am able to discover and learn new ways of expression."


These are some pieces of work using gridding which is one of the principles i am currently exploring in my art practice. These are red berries suspended between thin tissue paper, and below that, pomegranate seeds embedded in handmade cotton fibre paper which i also made myself. The natural colours in the pomegranate seeds have dyed the paper a pinkish tinge, and have dried out over time so that when the work is handled, you can hear the rattling seeds inside.