Some of the first experiments I undertook involved geometric designs which felt like a natural avenue to take. Drilling squares, lines and circles were good practice to work out the best methods and approach.
Judging the spacing between holes to connect the ends of a drilled circle, how to drill a straight line freehand and how much area to leave for it to appear solid were key lessons.
The drillbit is a precise tool and creating intricate plotted designs allowed me to plan an approach to each work which would create a beautiful outcome whilst at the same time move me along the road of learning precisely what I could achieve with the various sized bits, the density of drilling and the angle of the holes.
I discovered that by using these techniques I could control the visible light.
This allowed me to vary light and shade in different areas and also from where a viewer stands thus creating the illusion of movement in the work.
Shaded areas disappear whilst brightly lit areas become dim and controlling this variation is an essential aspect in making a Drillwork piece.