Jesmonite, a lightweight, easy-to-mould material, is coming into focus in the decor and interior space this year. Named by creator Peter Hawkins, who discovered it in 1984, the gypsum-acrylic resin is truly a sculptor’s best friend because, aside from being easy to work with, taking on colour well and being water soluble, the end product that results from it is hardy.
This is likely why it is being used more and more of late to create some of the most fashion-forward art and decor pieces around, as evidenced by the vast array of Jesmonite furniture on show at the 2015 London Design Festival. The material’s versatile and wondrous capabilities were shown in full force through the likes of designer Ariane Prin, with her Rust homeware collection, and UK studio Pinch’s impressive table, Nim.
New Zealand artist Phil Cuttance is one of our favourite masters of the material. His project, dubbed Faceture, shows off a series of faceted objects, including vases, light shades and tables cast in Jesmonite.
The designs are simple yet offer a point of interest with their crumpled geometric aesthetic. Cuttance makes each vase by hand, first cutting out a mould from a 0.5mm-thick plastic sheet that he eventually glues together, and then later pouring the Jesmonite into the mould, manually coating its sides. His website describes Cuttance’s creations as ‘a visual surprise’ given how simple his technique is.
Watch the video below on how Cuttance creates his one-of-a-kind pieces.
You can order a Faceture piece for yourself by visiting philcuttance.com