Koen Noordenbos, Dutch artist and founder of Koema, has an unrestrained love for waste materials. Working from his studio at the largest thrift store depot in Delft, he is surrounded by an infinite supply of second-hand products and materials… read more

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HOW IT’S MADE

A THOUSAND LAYERS OF PAINT

OFF THE WALL

The process involved making a thousand layers of paint  consist out of four different process stages.

During the first stage a location is spotted (preferably one that is planned to be torn down). The graffiti paint is stripped from the walls using giant paint scrapers and moved to my studio.

PIECE BY PIECE

Second is the sorting process. All pieces will be dried and cured so the surfaces will be more even and lose some of their curves. 

Next everything will be sorted based on  shape, size, thickness and quality. The more brittle pieces will be used by themselves for their amazing flaked and decayed look, others will be sanded down and polished.

HIDDEN LAYERS

 

During stage three smaller or larger pieces will be sanded down to a flat surface and the desired and hidden layers and colors have emerged. 
Pieces used for cufflinks and rings will be laminated on oak wood for some extra structure and also contibute to a more elegant look.

Now the selected pieces can be carved or sawn into the desired shapes using a special modified band saw or multitool

BRILLIANT SHINE

 

For the last stage a liquid resin will be used to attach the settings and or holes will be drilled to assemble rings or mounthings. 

 

As a final step, a clear coat of acrylic laquer will be applied to each piece to get a smooth and shiny durable finish.

 

All pieces then then will be assembled, wired together and packed for shipment.  

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