My initial thoughts were to have a bird laser cut in paper but after seeing the machine in action I decided to use plywood instead, as it something I couldn't do myself.
The hardest thing was getting the hang of transferring my drawing to a vector file. Learning new software is always a challenge, though illustrator makes it relatively easy, but that is something I will need to work on if I want to get some more things cut.
So here's the process
My original drawing. Its important to make sure the file is as clean and tidy as possible before you import it to illustrator, this saves a lot of time deleting vector lines in illustrator, which is a very time consuming job.
And here's the image after its been changed to a vector line drawing ready to be cut.
And then the laser is ready to go and start burning away. It's a mesmerizing process.
And here's the finished article
And I must say I'm very happy with it, its interesting to seemy work in a different material and not cut by me. My relationship with it feels very different, I know its my drawing but I almost don't recognise it, as I didn't physically make it. I do feel inspired to do some more, I'm imaging a whole flock, maybe painted or printed on, or plain wood. Time for some experimentation I think.
Metropolitan works is a great place, Ed and Barry who ran the course were amazing and so full of knowledge. They do all sorts of training courses you can find out more about them here Metropolitan Works