Digital Art Commission 2012 Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing & Exeter Phoenix & CALM

I was one of thirty artists/makers selected for the 2012 Exeter Phoenix Digital Art Commission.

Exeter Phoenix and the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) are giving us the chance to make a piece of work using 3d printing technology.



Angela Read Art, Tattoed Apple, a repeated pattern drawn onto an apple in biro

The image above and opposite are the starting points for the 3D sketchup model



Angela Read Art "Throat" A manipulated line drawing in black and white featuring an eye and worm like tendrills




Commissioned to make work for Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE)  using recycled materials.


Article in Exeter University magazine


I have used discarded aluminium drinks cans to make my work, which have been manipulated into an origami shape (the Fortune Teller).  These multiple shapes have been assembled using string to make a 3d structure.  The drinks cans are packaging designed to seduce.  The cans eventual state of dejection, its albeit brief history as receptacle and the variety of surface graphics appeal to me. I prefer where possible to use the throwaway object, life's detritus.  I make work that reflects craft traditions like knitting and sewing.  My work is processed based using ritualised methods to articulate ideas involving decay, renewal, consumption, repetition and change. 
When I think of global industry I think of quotes from Aldous Huxley's  “Brave New World”  “The more stitches, the less riches.”  And “Ending is better than mending”.  Production and consumption values need to change because the earth’s resources are not limitless.


Work in progress;

Angela Read Artist "Can Cluster" faced folded aluminium drinks cans


Angela Read Art, sketch book drawing of "Corrupt Apple" in red and green

Prepatory drawing for 3D model


Angela Read Art "Corrupt Apple" sketch up 3d model


"Corrupt Apple"

At the design stage using Google Sketchup





Artist Statement

Current Work

Death & Desire

Metamorphic Prints

Polymorphs & Cells

Solo & Group Shows




Angela Read Artist "Can Grid", folded faceted drinks cans





Angela Read Art "Column" CALMARE Commssion, sculpture made using recycled drinks cans

"Column" work made for the CALMARE commission