TABLE LAMP XXIX
I started to work on Ailsa at the beginning of January 2019. The designing stage went surprisingly smoothly, therefore I would have never expected to finish it 12 months later. I was also unaware of what life would bring in 2019.
Few days later my beloved wife Lena was diagnosed with a cancer disease.
Lena loved the organic, floral design of the lamp and despite the disease and the tough time for us, she motivated me to work on it for the next few months to keep up appearances of normality.
I think that I was able to continue working on the lamp, because the design was ready so it was “only” a physical work.
In June, after less than 6 months of struggling, Lena passed away. She was 33 years old.
This lamp is a kind of a symbol to me of how unpredictable life can be and what is the most important.
I dedicate Ailsa to the memory of Lena.
Making of Ailsa
Lena was not able to see the finished lamp, but I know it would be one of her favorites. Almost all of the shots from the process of the lamp creation were recorded by Lena.
FLORAL BEAUTY MEETS
The pattern of the lamp changes from the bottom to the top but it is based on the same core geometry to make it harmonic and consistent.
I want the pattern of Ailsa to have the natural, calming look but also the harmony of the fractals.
Although the technique of a shaded carvings could already be seen in my previous lamps like Leaferis, this time I decided to make them perfectly smooth. That is why I had to carefully sand the surface manually to make the shades and to control the thickness of the wood.
This kind of finishing makes the shades on the wood even more clear.
On the top of the lamp there is a real flower of Carlina Vulgaris embedded in the epoxy resin. That is the first time I have done that in my lamp and I love the way the light illuminates the flower.
The base is finished with brown jeweler cord and the leafy ending part is carved from oak wood.
NATURAL BEAUTY BY DAY
Light Sculpture by Night
Ailsa brings its luminous life shining through nearly 10,000 holes that had to be drilled precisely towards the light source.
Below you can see some more photos of the Ailsa.