Known collectively as Faceture, each object is produced by casting a water-based resin into a simple moulding which has been manipulated by hand to give the object a completely unique form.
In a recent video Phil has lifted the curtain on the production process behind his series of Faceture sculptures, giving a rare insight into the manufacturing techniques used.
The casting takes shape complete with sharp accurate lines and a digital quality to its aesthetic, a visual ‘surprise’ considering the ‘lo-fi’, hand-made process involved.
The material used to cast these wonderfully tactile creations is Jesmonite, and the “low-tech” casting jig on the machine allows Phil to view directly into the mould and control the flow of the quick-set composite. This allows it to be cast evenly to produce a uniformly strong wall thickness.
The final shape of the mould is dictated by triangular facets “popped” in and out by the designer. Phil does the “popping” between every casting to ensure that no two of his creations take on the same form, so you’re sure to get an absolutely unique product!
The Faceture project was created with the support of Creative New Zealand.