‘fire drawing’ by studio glithero, 2012
all images courtesy the designers
the london-based design studio glithero, comprised of tim simpson and sarah van gameren, have created ‘fire drawing’.
the series consists of works formed by fire set to wood in a detailed pattern. first, shapes and patterning are cut into a wooden surface,
after which, this area is treated with flammable screen-printed paint. the etching is then set aflame to burn away the glaze and
the end result being the design seeming to be meticulously drawn in charcoal.
‘the protagonist in the fire drawings is a flame. it travels through time over a path of flammable screen-printed paint,
multiplying or merging together, drawing, leaving a decorative charcoal trace as it goes along. each piece in the series choreographs
a different path of a flame, that starts burning from a single fuse and then branches and multiples towards a climax;
a burning circle of fire. the remaining charcoal pattern resonates a memory of a moment that has already been. literally and metaphorically
it is the ashes of a process.‘ -studio glithero
a similar fire drawing by studio glithero is featured in ‘swept away: dirt, ashes, and dust in contemporary art and design’,
an exhibition at the museum of arts and design in new york city.
when the flame reaches the center point within the pattern, the branches begin to ignite
the flames grow in a circle from the central point, expanding down each branch to the edge of the design.
as the flames near the end of the branches within the design, they extinguish themselves on a small round of paint
the design, after being burned