Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Module Five – Chapter Two – Paper Relief Investigations

After collecting many kinds of paper I chose sixteen of them and scrunched them up in a first sampler. They are pasted on a squarish sheet of black paper measuring around 20 cms on each side. I have other papers in my stash but many of them give similar results when scrunched.
Sampler ONE – from top left to bottom right:
kitchen paper, heavily scrunched  – tracing paper, densely scrunched – very thin drawing paper – tracing paper, loosely scrunched and partially flattened – very light Chinese writing paper – Italian hand made paper, oiled – wrapping paper – Japanese hand made paper – Thai lace paper – Vilene light – rice paper – tissue paper – heavy hand made oriental paper with fibres -  kitchen paper, lightly scrunched – light oriental paper – light Japanese paper

Sample 2
Sampler TWO – Thai paper
My Thai paper is especially interesting for its irregularly torn edges:
Top row: small pieces torn and overlapped with fibres trailing – torn pieces densely layered – strips folded – strips spiralling downward
Middle: strips loosely gathered and overlapped
Bottom: strips in regular folds

Sample 4  
Sampler THREE – Tracing paper
I love tracing paper for its crispness and translucency. Here is a small sampler with tracing paper irregularly torn, neatly folded, scrunched and flattened with ‘memory’ of folds left after flattening, punched and sewn without a needle

Sample 3
 Sampler FOUR – Tissue paper
Top left: square pieces torn, overlapped and folded up at the edges – Top right: machine sewn strips – Bottom left: tissue ‘butterflies’ – Bottom right: torn strips, layered

Sample 1

 Sampler FIVE – Strips of different papers
I particularly like the idea of torn strips overlapping and/or forming areas. In this sampler I tried different types of paper to explore their effects. An interesting experiment is ironing organic grocery bags (bottom row) to obtain holes.

Sample 5

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Module FIVE – Chapter One – Texture in Landscape

For this Module I made a collection of rusty surfaces such as can be easily found in a city landscape - old gates and metal doors, bins and containers of different kinds and sizes. I found also a very rich collection of rusty metals in Internet and in a number of books that I have.
The most interesting images were then magnified, cropped or processed using PaintShop Pro effects. Other were simply printed in black and white.
Here is a selection of images that I am going to use. Many others are put aside for future reference. As suggested by Sian all of them are still unattached to a background so as they can be moved around freely and connected to other items. 
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