Thousands of tiny circles (not just scribble, honest), free machined on two layers of black Lutradur. Burned out using soldering iron, and applied to rough textured creamy fabric.
“Shredder sought for five million tyres dumped in Spain. The 90,000 tonnes of rubber, 400 metres from a housing development south of Madrid, pose a fire and environmental risk.”
Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/GettySample design
I wanted to capture the contrast between the mountains of tyres and the sandy “valley”. There was only one way to do so many little circles in a reasonable time – free machining. And using a synthetic fabric meant I could burn out the edges, a more suitable effect than cutting. The image suggests grey circles on black, but I had to reverse that because the Lutradur wasn’t dark enough.