Project Description

Bored, Ironing

Sea-worn ash plank salvaged from Compton Beach, stainless steel box section, plus the artwork ‘Dangle Iron’.

2019

Overview

This ironing board was made to accommodate and expand on the artwork ‘Dangle Iron‘. It was also devised as a specific artwork for the ground floor interior at Ever.

The ‘board’ is one of several ash planks brought up from the sea depths off the West Wight during a storm in 2017. Part of a collection of found local materials that I had been keeping at the cottage.

As an ironing board it loosely references the domestic past of the room and the building. As an artwork, it sets out to observe and resolve the sometimes peculiar machinery of housework into sculptural form.

  • Artwork Dangle Iron sitting in place on Bored Ironing sculpture
  • Full length view of Bored Ironing artwork against a chalk stone wall inside the cottage
  • Parts of the workshop floor being assembled for the ironing board legs
  • Steel box section for the artwork's legs being welded
  • Scale model for the sculpture along side a part already made
  • The final leg being assembled for welding in the workshop

The Making Process

The form of the legs were developed working with the plank in situ and later translated to scale drawings.

Stainless steel was chosen as one of the ‘theme’ materials in use at the cottage (referencing Archie Trickett’s multiple uses of recycled stainless steel) and to provide a contrast to the ash.

Working with bought in rectangular box section steel from scratch, the sections were cut and welded in the workshop using a tig welder, the evidence of which is largely ground away to a brushed finish, keeping the odd corner parts showing the heat discolouration.

 

The ash plank was then fixed at its balance point and has had a number of circular holes drilled to receive ‘Dangle Iron’ allowing for it to be lifted, but not removed.

Installation

The work is now installed at the cottage with ‘Dangle Iron’ located in its place on top.

The original aim was to provide a way that people could interact with the work. Once lifted, a pattern in the ash plank’s surface can be seen that resembles the steam holes of an iron, also referencing the ‘historic’ woodworm holes around the place.

Even when Ever is open (whenEver?), it is unlikely that people will feel free or able to do this, so here’s a video instead…