Needle as a Cutting Tool
|Leaf Art by Omid Asadi|
Needle as a Frame
No, I don’t mean a frame constructed of many needles soldered together. I mean the single hand sewing needle used to frame a piece of art.
English artist Willard Wigan uses the eye of a needle to support or frame his micro-figurines.
|Sculpture by Willard Wigan framed in a needle|
Peering through a microscope, his sculpts grains of sand or rice with surgical blades or self-made tools rigged from tungsten filament, tipped by diamond chip. Wigan decorates works with dust fibers, gold even a spider’s web. To he paints figures, he devised bushes from the hairs of dead houseflies which he collects.
As a child Wigan, who suffers with dyslexia, had difficulties at school. This he explained in a TED talk, He felt small and invisible. His art grew from his need to counters the misconception that because something is small or hard to see, it isn’t there.
Wigan’s work, like Asadi’s requires great dexterity, patience, and discipline. Both artists are driven to elevate the mundane and unnoticed into something remarkable. Wigen’s work can take months to execute. You can be confident that no one fakes his work or Asadi!
Queen Elizabeth awarded Wigan an MBE. Prince Charles, Elton John, Simon Cowell, and Mike Tyson are among his collectors. Currently the Birmingham Library is displaying his work.