METAL is forgiving in a way that is similar to plaster and paper. Metal starts as a solid, is turned to liquid, then back to solid again. The connection between metal and paper can only be found through exploration: what can be done in 3 dimensions with an otherwise flat material?

PLASTER is most interesting because it is a stone roasted into powder. Then the powder is hydrated and poured into moulds and turns to stone again. One can almost hear it telling you when it's set. Even the steam rising off of green plaster is enough to get the imagination running. Solid to powder, powder to liquid, then back to solid again.

This family tests the limits of that liquid state which allows plaster to take the shape of other spaces.

PAPER is always around as it is one of the building blocks of society. It is all one needs to quickly sketch out ideas, then the designs in paper can be translated to metal.

FOUND OBJECTS can also be used to sketch out ideas quickly. The objects Tyson uses range from pills and knobs to fingernail extensions. Some of these sketches played major roles in the B&D syringe base design.

WIRE work is very precious to Tyson. He likes to use it to explore form slowly and precisely. Wire also helps him learn new ways of dealing with the play of pressure on structure. While investigating these families, he enjoys thinking of the sculptures as animals and how traits are passed from one generation to the next.

POLYVINYL CHLORIDE is very easy to manipulate. Working with it has helped Tyson understand how to mould and pour it.

RUBBER remembers. It can be used in multi-tasks from point a to point b and one can have rubber "govern" different domains.

PLASTIC is rigid. It is a material that wears many hats. It is very malleable, inexpensive, and durable.

"What can become a lamp that already is not?" —Tyson.