studio glithero: fire drawings
studio glithero: fire drawings studio glithero: fire drawings
feb 09, 2012

studio glithero: fire drawings




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.

glithero when the flame reaches the center point within the pattern, the branches begin to ignite

glithero the flames grow in a circle from the central point, expanding down each branch to the edge of the design


glithero as the flames near the end of the branches, they extinguish themselves on a small round of paint

glithero the design, after being burned

‘fire drawing’ by glithero



    shira says:
  • Sarah and Tim! great work again, very beautiful!*C

    Christiane Büssgen says:
  • how pointless is this?! I don’t see any impressive transformation at all

    burgerhead says:
  • Glithero’s work is currently featured at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City as part of its new
    exhibition, Swept Away: Dirt, Ashes, and Dust in Contemporary Art and Design. It will be on view until August 12.

    Marisa Bartolucci says:
  • What’s the point here?..Sorry, I don’t recognize neither the beauty nor the creativity.

    Urbanmouse says:
  • Nah! Doesn’t light my fire.

    ELF-IS says:
  • Alternative method of creating this effect: using a lasercutter on too high and charring your work beyond recognition. Visit any architectural school!

    Patch of sky says:
  • light my fire is by jim morrison / the doors, not elvis….

    tini says:
  • i do not understand what patch of sky you are saying.
    this is an experimental way of use of charcoal, which ordinarily is very difficult to make it look clean.
    OK i like fire so i think this way is very interesting, but even if you do not like this way, they are not “charring something beyond recognition” they are converting it from the flammable liquid into charcoal.

    it is like backward alchemy 😉

    anyway i like it, good works.

    elia says:
  • I like @elia’s comparison to backwards alchemy;
    just to reiterate, to burgerhead and urbanmouse:the transformation is not in the form of the work but the material.
    The project is seeking to encapsulate the process of burning: here, it becomes ‘readable’ via the difference in material of a part that has been burned versus a part that has not. Almost all of studio glithero’s work deals with these kinds of object-as-process ideas.

    Devin P. says:
  • More free form but similar idea of the fire creating the finished line – Cai Guo Qiang

    [url=] Same Word, Same Seed, Same Root [/url]

    RW says:
  • Yeah, made me think of Cai Guo Qiang.

    B.R says:
  • ‘Almost all of studio glithero’s work deals with these kinds of object-as-process ideas’ Devin P

    Yawn yawn yawn. Everyone these days is process driven. but Glithero is a process to what?
    There is no solution for a problem to be found so how can you develope a process as a means to an end result.
    This is just pointless work from people who fail to extend themselves beyond their studio walls.

    burgerhead says:
  • This guy are incredible! A bit crazy though but… isn’t it what creation is?
    I love it.

    ApetitPois says:

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