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Wrapping – Strangely Satisfying

Snow day, stuck inside so it’s a good time to get up to date with my blogging.

After all the Joining the next project in Part 2 is Wrapping. I’m not going to rush ahead to blog about my wrappings but follow the course layout and talk first about my research.

Research Technique

Thank God for Pinterest, it’s so much easier to research images and artists using this platform rather than trawling through all the information on the internet.

I’m continually updating my boards but this one is specific to this part of MMT, OCA – Joining and Wrapping

Using Pinterest does make my research rather random, it is image focused and I don’t always look too closely at the artist unless their work totally blows me away.

What Do I Like

I gathered lots of images and then sorted them into groupings based on what appealed to me about the images.

Purpose

Firstly, I was drawn to packages with a clear purpose.

1. Those little fibrous bundles are transitional, they will only be around until they are opened to reveal the magic made as the natural dyes soaked into the fabric and thread wrapped round them. Perfectly organic and spontaneous.

2. I can find very little information about the bundles and wraps that look like intestines or strange alien vegetables. These are about the reaction they generate in the viewer; the mixture of white (bandages), red (blood) and pink (flesh) are sure to make most people wince. Art often employs being edgy to keep it modern and contemporary and I like these pieces because they are that but they also have a look that makes you think of Victorian medical models and displays.

3. Again there is very little information online about the little story board wraps. A word or two (sorry the photo is upside down) is pasted to each piece that I can only assume was used to influence the selection of items.

Scale

1. No Wrapping research project would be complete without a piece by Christo & Jean-Claude. Their work is majestic, huge, brain twisting and beautifully elegant and ethereal. I’m pretty sure the photographs do not do them justice.

They are remarkable but I don’t actually like them, they are too showy, they cover rather than enhance the beauty of the object wrapped. I have kept them in my research log because of their largeness, they take the artistic element of scale to a whole new level.

2. Anne Gates‘ wrapped eggs are far more appealing. I put them with the trees because of the similarities in shape and colour and the vast difference in their size.

Complete Coverage

In contrast to the virtually transparent approach to Wrapping used by Christo and Jeanne-Claude I chose 3 images that represented heavy, almost complete coverage of a base object with wrappings.

1. Sheila Hicks is the master of the tight, repetitive wrap, gems to be gained from looking at Sheila’s work are her ability to balance colour across a wide range of colours, her skill at maintaining interest when working with limited tonal changes and, the one I most envy her ability to take a stack or pile of objects and lay them out so they look like a piece of art not just a pile of cast offs.

I have a friend that can place seashells on her bathroom shelves so they are elevated to the status of interior design ornament whilst my attempts to do the same look like something the kids have dumped after a trip to the beach, or some litter that needs to be swept up into the bin. Sheila and my friend Allyson are both amazing.

2. I actually had to drag myself away from the Modern Eccentrics blog, there is some very interesting stuff on there.

This big bundle is another natural dye project. On one hand I feel sad that this wrap no longer exists but fascinated by the fact that somewhere it’s contents have been transformed and are now part of some other considered pieces or sitting looking scrummy in a pile of fabric brimming with potential.

3. Our course materials focus on wrapping with thread, paper and other hand held items you can twist, like wire and elastic bands etc and this image from Eva Hesse opened my mind to the possibility of using more fluid elements to wrap (dip) with; glue, thick sandy paint, plaster of paris, fibres (dog hair – I think I might have a supplier!) mixed in glue, concrete. The possibilities are endless!

Mixtures of Natural & Manmade

I’ve just come to that point when I think I might have picked too much to write about but I’m going to plough on, unlike the rest of my county of Shropshire that seems to have leap on the idea of a snow day like hyenas on a fallen gazelle. I bet there’s not a loaf of bread to be found on the shelves of Waitrose.

Back to the research.

These packages make me think of the lovely Lotta and her little bundles of found objects, her OCA journey stopped far too soon, I know it took bravery and lots of thinking to make the decision to step down and, although I’m able to keep in touch with her beautiful work on Instagram I still miss her being part of our textile group.

1. All that yummy drift wood makes me happy in Aly de Groot’s piece, it’s all be built up with a delicate considered hand.

The colour contrasts are visually pleasing and the composition tells the stories of clogged beaches and winter storms. (I’m getting all lyrical now)

2. The middle piece is a funny old thing, it was part of a hoard of similar items found in the rubbish in Philadelphia in America, no one knows who the artist was, he/she’s referred to as the Philadelphia Wireman.

The maddest thing was there were 1200 of them, now that puts my moaning about making a handful of samples into perspective. And, also fascinating is the fact they were made in the late 1970’s, hear we are thinking we’re doing something edgy, new and provocative and here are 2 artists, one famous; Eva Hesse and one totally unknown way back before environmental art became so important and influential that it got its own categorisation.

Maybe this exert from an article on the Philadelphia Wireman explains what drove someone to make all of these little packages:

“From the moment Ollman laid eyes on Wireman’s sculptures, he felt a certain energy emanating from their cores. He noticed a relationship between the art objects and Nkisi, traditional Congolese power objects dating back to the 1400s. Most commonly, Nkisi are wooden figures with nails pounded into them, sprouting out in all directions like protective, spiky armor. But, as Ollman pointed out, there also exists a history of Nkisi as handheld, abstract objects of importance, often wrapped in twine or string or wire, incorporating reflective elements.

These types of objects habitually served as means of protection — talismans — often made by a shaman. “A person would go to a shaman and say I need intervention with this or that issue,” Ollman explained. “That shaman would then make something with certain types of energy in it.” The tradition is grounded in a culture with a strong belief in animism, that all things have a spiritual power to them.

“By combining these energies you make a more powerful energy,” Ollman continued. “That’s the sense we have of what’s going on in these works.”

Wireman’s sculptures combined the tradition of Nkisi with a contemporary homage to urban life, imbuing discarded detritus with supernatural force and thus, in a way, revitalizing the famously rough neighborhood in which they were found. Ollman also mentioned the resemblance of Wireman’s sculpturesto memory jugs, also popular in African American folk art. These jugs featured a medley of random objects collaged onto a water-holding vessel, and were sometimes left atop grave sites.”

Maybe by combining and wrapping carefully selected items, especially those we gather in response to the increasingly horrifying information that is coming to us about the damage we are doing to our land and, especially our seas, with our excessive use of throw away manmade items we can gather those energies and bring about change for good. Even if it’s only the banning of straws and ear buds.

3. And after all that worrying over the future how about hiding in away in a cave made of twigs. Here’s another artist who is very skilled at gathering and placing a quantity of similar components in such a considered way as it makes a beautiful piece of art. Tracey Deep makes delicate, ethereal and thought provoking installations that uses natural and floral elements.

Finally,

Items made out of wrapped items.

Before I’d got my head full of all the influences above I felt I hadn’t got enough research material so I pulled together another batch of images where the artworks have been made out of wrapped items.

1. I couldn’t resist Karen Margolis‘ cocoon. As someone who’s stash of ephemera, treasure and, lets be honest, rubbish increases on a daily basis I’m very drawn to Karen’s practice of expanding and modifying her installation each time it is exhibited.

“With every new installation I add new scraps and materials from my studio so that the installation, now re-titled “Continuum”, is forever growing and continually transforming

2. I never get bored of Chun Kwang Young’s epic sculptural works made out of small wrapped and dyed boxes. In 2015 his work was on display in Edinburgh and I was lucky enough to see it. Here’s my blog.

I can’t ever see myself having the patience to follow his process of building such huge compositions from such tiny pieces but I could experiment with making something more flat than the usual rounded or box like wrap.

3. Gwen Hedley – Embroidery, fibre art, Joyeria con Telas– jewellery, and Sheila Hicks all use similar wrapped linear ‘yarns’ as the main element in their pieces. I’ve never made jewellery, maybe that’s an idea I could explore as I develop my own samples.

4. Finally I was drawn to a sample, one made by Sophie Loughlin. That’s the beauty of Pinterest, you don’t get totally focused in on looking at famous and/or well publicised artists, it allows you to find your own little gems.

That’s enough, now I think I need a lie down before I go back over this blog and gather all the ideas and lines of inspiration that have fallen out of the gathering of research and writing that I’ve done here.

Stay safe everyone out there in first proper winter day I’ve seen for a long time.

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Forming Corners and Edges

Inspired by my experiments with toilet roll centres I started looking around the house for other throw away items and came across an egg box. It took me right back to my childhood and Blue Peter and ‘here’s one I made earlier’ and that slightly deflated feeling I always ended up with when my inexperienced hands attempted to replicate what I’d seen on tv (without YouTube as back up either!)

I started cutting out eggy bowls and using sticks to attach more cast off items and eggy bowls.

I just followed my intuition and curiosity until I was happy with the mix of textures and colours. It was interesting adding some gentle colour that worked with the rather naff colour of the egg box and then I got quite excited making some interesting shapes inside the little cups and finding ways to use every surface so that the composition is interesting from every angle.

It’s a cute little thing and if I didn’t have to get onto the next project ASAP I might just have made a few more.

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Forming Corner and Edges – working from a design idea

I’m sure it’s been said before (you know who you are :-))) but MMT is a lot of sampling and it does feel like sticking, cutting, fiddling for no reason. Why are we doing this without a theme? Why are we doing this without an end goal/project in mind? What the hell am I sampling for? Well? So once I’d got down off my ‘but I’m an artist’ high horse I realised it was all about working the brain, learning to demonstrate your ability to generate ideas and then talk about. Something that I am not very good at. Could this be why I am so reluctant? Why I’m being so passive aggressive about the course content and the requirements? Yet again OCA is pushing me out from my comfy corner and making me actually do something difficult and scary. Why is talking objectively and honestly about my work so difficult? Do I need fancy word? Does it matter if I use the same descriptive word twice in a sentence? Time to man up Harrison and just get on with it!

First thing I decided was not to be so lazy and to go back to my sketchbook to review what I had made so far, do any reworking and then actually follow some of the design ideas I’d thrown together in my sketchbook, see the whinging pages above!

You can tell I’m not really concentrating because I’m using big writing, swirling page filling, scruffy stuff, but hey we’ve all got to start somewhere.

After looking at the bud I did make some changes but I did decide to leave the other sample alone and the thinking part of my brain was starting to warm up. I particularly like this sample.

The angles are strong and solid and they allow me to display the interesting elements of the original pieces, which started life as my very talented friend’s C&Gs course samples. I can take advantage of Anne’s very competent colour choices to distribute the colours in differing proportions that I think work well (not quite sure at this stage why).

The pieces had originally been designed as a textured but flatish square that could be stored in a box ready for marking, it was particularly nice to be able to make them into a vibrant 3D piece that when hung looks interesting and different from all angles.

I’m still mulling over ideas that involve making much bigger structures based on this design. It could well be one of the designs that I consider for the final design project.

That’s, that all fully covered, I hope so then I went back to my sketchbook scribbles and thought how best to turn the shapes into something solid.

Loo rolls! Blasted things they are hanging about all over the place, we use tonnes of loo paper in our house so building up a collection of card board loo roll centres did not take very long at all.

I couldn’t quite believe that you could make anything so nice with loo rolls! Sorry about the mess in the background.

The spikes had to be held with elastic bands to keep them firm, the brads and the sticky labels were instantly solid and the wire gave a secure but more flexible join.

I can see this process being developed using painted and covered tubes, they could be spray painted afterwards or splashed.

There are so many different texture sprays that could be used to create an illusion of weight Rust-oleum stone textures or a metal finish. It would be easy to play with scale too.

I’ve had a play with my iPad to see if I could get an idea of what a larger construction would look like if placed outside, maybe as a sculpture in metal. It’d need some work to make a suitable surface, maybe by burning a pattern into the metal, or polishing the surface until it becomes reflective.

A good few years ago now I was very lucky to be able to go to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim museum. The metal encased building fascinated me and I fell in love with the way the metal tiles reflected the light and changed colour throughout the day and especially in the evening. I just kept going back and taking more photos!

Had to imagine it exactly but this sort of helps, even though my neat sculpture is now starting to look like a slightly crazy metal alien.

Not only have this little sample been helping me envisage more uses and projects outlines have been inspiring me to get to learn more about how I can sketch and draw with my iPad.

Last week I was stuck in Aberdeen airport for an hour or so, it wasn’t a problem, the Wetherspoons was warm and I had a glass of wine and because I had some time on my hands I created this digital drawing with the outlines as a foundation.

This has kicked off a bit of an obsession and a little bit of synchronicity and a casual brow in the Aberdeen Apple store had been booked onto an iPad sketch course, I’d highly recommend this, especially as it’s free.

Here’s the result of my layering and layering and trying out the different functions in the Procreate app.

I was meant to have written about 3 blog posts today ….. opps!

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Forming Corners and Edges

These last few blogs have been slightly rushed, I’ve made the mistake of not blogging straight after I’d made my samples, or at the very least writing up my thoughts in my sketchbook.  

It’s frustrating because I don’t feel as if my critical analysis skills are improving, I’m not following the work stages as laid out in the course materials and I’m just spending most of the time worrying about what I’m not doing.

This means that tonight I’ve set my self the target of getting all of my samples onto this blog so that I can make a fresh start next week.

This is my first sample made with a sample. It’s made with samples made by my friend Anne Armes for a C & G course and during a clear out she gave them to me. 


I cut a curved shape out of 4 of her small square samples and attached them together with the small plastic tags. I think it would be improved by now being stitched together and the plastic removed.

This little piece was great for manipulating and taking photographs of from different angles.


The remaining pieces of the 4 samples made an even better mini structure.


All the intersecting lines and contrasting colours and surfaces make it very interesting to look at and photograph.  You can twist it and turn it to create different patterns of shade and shadow.


I can see loads of potential and possibilities with this method of cutting and joining. It would work equally well to make tiny delicate trinkets as it would to make huge, maybe metal constructions. 

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Overlapping Edges

For the first sample I wanted to test some sewing methods of holding overlapping edges together, the results were okay but I did have to resort to brads to keep the joins secure.

The reverse ended up being quite interesting, helped along by the spotty tape.


At this point I started to miss fabric, it was nice to use thread but I really wanted to sample with some fabric. I’d also been missing dyeing so I thought I’d use this exercise to have a play.

I started by making 3 samples using a mixture of white fabrics and natural materials. 

A couple of years ago I went to a talk by Ruth Isset and I was intrigued by her way of working, she often makes her pieces in white and creams using different materials and then added dye so she can enjoy the unpredictable way the colour develops on the different fabric/thread compositions.


I used a number of simple ways to join the materials in an overlap. I used metal and fabric and wooden objects to strengthen the joins and added ruffles for texture.

Once I’d done this I put the samples into metal trays and added a blue procion dye. This worked well on the natural fibres but it didn’t like the synthetic fabrics at all. I would need something else.


Some Brusho and transfer dye worked on the synthetic fibres okay but the yellow was a mistake. It made a yucky brown rather than a nice green. 


I was hoping it would improve once they dried.


The final samples are okay but I’m still finding it very difficult to analyse what I do in an impersonal, considered way, not here on this blog anyway.  I think I’m going to have do practising in my sketchbook.


My tutor has recommended that I do more drawing. So here are a few joins.

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Filling the hole, taking the curved edge further

Scale? Experimenting with scale is one of my nemeses, I find it very difficult to work in any sizes that aren’t A5, A4 or at a push A3. It’s the law abiding, rule loving Capricorn in me!

That’s my apology for, yet again, working a series of samples in a nice neat A5, all compact and perfect for putting in a sketchbook.  There’s nothing new with these pieces but I still quite like them.

They have a comfy and familiar feel for me, I like the natural surfaces and the inclusion of recycled textiles.

As you can see, I did consider scale and it was my intention to do that but apart from the little samples I put in my sketchbook I didn’t push the idea of scale at all.


It’s just so satisfying when you sew through paper with a sewing machine, it feels so nice catching the frayed edges of the sari ribbon and gently embedding it into the soft pulped handmade paper.


The first 2 samples I kept quite simple and with the third I put together a more complex collage design. It’s always pleasing to see flowing lines, circles and contrasts. It doesn’t break any norms or challenge but it’s nice to look at and sometimes making something that nice to look at is what you need.


The final sample is one of my favourites, this piece of tapestry has been a very useful find, it’s featured in or been the main item in many of my best samples.

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Joining Curved Edges

Heavens it’s been a while since I made these samples, as usual I’ve really struggled over the summer months and into Autumn with getting my head down and doing some college work. It’s an uphill journey for me, not the actual work but the sitting down and doing it. 

The more I think about the time I’m wasting the more stressed I become about working.  

It is as if my motivation and interest takes a holiday, don’t get me wrong I’m working, I’m caring for my family, knitting, doodling, gathering inspiration but I’m not making and blogging about my samples. It’s frustrating and it’s happened each summer as I’ve been studying with the OCA, maybe it’s just a hangover from school days, but come on! those days were a long time ago. Okay, enough waffling on, how about those samples.

I like to start simple and these 2 pieces of paper ephemera had been hanging about my desk for a while looking similar in colour and pleasing as a pair so I worked them into a quick sample for my sketchbook.

I like the way the bangle looks flat if you only focus on the edge that’s pressed up against the background origami paper and it only pops out as a 3D object once you look at the full image taking in the blank edge and the black rear of the under and back of the bangle. 

I thought the beads on the bangle would encourage the eye to see a raised curved surface but I think the lines on the paper confuse and flatten the image.

The lower part of the bangle looks far more 3D though and I would say this is because the is a greater difference in the image captured by the photograph of the shapes made on the bangle by the arrangement of beads.

The differences are more dramatic so encourage the eye to interpret what it’s seeing as a more solid 3D image than the flat origami paper even though both have a very busy pattern full of light and dark tones.
After that limbering up I made a few notes, sketched out some ideas and made a couple of samples in my working sketchbook.



With hindsight I actually like the train ticket / cream sample the best but I wanted to demonstrate my ability to working with a colour palette and contrasting materials. This could be where I’ve been going wrong with keeping my motivation up, I’ve been distracted by working to a brief, probably one I’ve created for myself rather that working with my curiosity and personal tastes.

But hey hoo this is what I did anyway.  I started by cutting out some Curved shapes in a light rough felt and a dark smooth felt and stitching them together with my sewing machine.

I then had a play with cutting though them again and stitching them back together again.

This has been a technique that I have loved throughout MMT, this cutting, stitching, cutting again, stitching again.

It just feels exciting, you never really know what you’re going to get as a result.

You are creating layers but flat, well most of the time! Sometimes the material gets puckered but most times it behaves an lies flat.

I’m drawn to the build up of the contrasts and the ever multiplying complexities of the result.

The edges get sharper and interest is created by the breaks in the straight lines.

Recently I’ve become slightly obsessed by fossils and geology and I’ve been learning about subduction zones and tectonic plates 

I’m fascinated by the age of the earth and specifically the bits that we walk on and take for granted each day.

In Shropshire particularly this ground we walk on has existed on the surface of our planet for millions of 

years, it’s travelled hundreds of miles from way below the equator to get to where it is now and has suffered enormous amounts of trauma and upheaval to shape it into the landscape that we have the pleasure of seeing each day and, like the coolest of cucumbers it still looks magestic, calm and serene.  I have to say it’s awe inspiring.

There’s no way these little samples do justice to the phenomenon that is Earth’s geography but maybe there is a little bit of influence visible in the placing of the shapes.

I didn’t forget the blue circle so I added one and then went on to test some joining with a gap. Nothing exciting to see there!

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That’s the whole lot together, a bit bright for me really but it was interesting to see how I’d been drawn back to my repeated cutting.

It’s really frustrating sometimes when you look back and see all the things you could have done and the materials you could have included but time is short and we have to get on to the next exercise.

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More Joining

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged any college work, I have been doing the odd bit of sampling but I’ve been slow to get the details on here. Assignment 2 has yet again been a block for me. Once I sit down and get started I’m okay but getting in there and getting to work is a slow process of nagging and kagolling.

So what did I do? 

Firstly I had a play with some strange objects to create a gently increasing gap. I’d bought some huge knarly seed heads just because I could and I thought they could make interesting spacers.


So I did some fiddly threading with wire, they were quite delicate and it was easy to crack the dried out seedling.


Then I had some fun threading the wire through some very firm handmade paper. I felt that the knarly seed heads made a good contrast to the smooth wavy paper with its little pieces of dandelion clock.


Continuing on with unusual objects I squeezed some dyed leaf skeletons into some paint dapped straws and tried matching them with some colour paper that I’d manipulated during ATV.


I felt that this was too busy and a little bit confused so I made the final sample with some more of the handmade paper, this time a piece full of little specks of bark. This felt better, I’d linked the seed heads with the seeds in the paper and here I was linking the leaves with bark.


I immediately regretted not going with my first selection, the sample I’d ended up with is quite dull. Is this the problem with following rigidly through a design concept and not working with your gut. Another lesson learnt, I’m sure it won’t sink it at this point and I’ll make the same mistake again!

Then I finished off  joining with a gap by investigating the different opportunities for making a flexible and changeable gap and I had a play with joining heavy fabrics together with loose threaded joints.

The samples are okay, they’re not particularly exciting and I can’t really find much to say about them. I’m not really learning anything about technique at this point, it’s more about being able to produce a good quantity of samples rather than quality. 

The pieces are joined? check, the gap is changeable? check, contented feeling? Nope, not really but they’ll do, or I’ll be at this forever!

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Doodle Procrastination 

It’s amazing just how much I can get done when I’m avoiding doing any course work!

My mystery knit along is getting done ✅ 

My latest (in a long line) of books about creative block is getting read ✅

And most of all my latest sketchbook of doodles is filling up ✅


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Less Thinking More Doing 

Before starting this exercise I felt the need to write about recycling and waste. The notes are in my sketchbook and out of them came the idea of man made vs natural.

I am fascinated by how nature is so determined, it takes a lot for us to completely destroy any signs of nature, even when we cover an area with concrete a seed will find its way into a crack or a patch of dust and slowly get on with its job of sprouting. 

This does not allow us to ignore our responsibilities to our planet, it only makes us realise that nature will continue its slow steady work, twisting and changing. It is us that will suffer, we will alter the environment until it is inappropriate for us, we will lose many species of animal and plants that we love and need. 

And should we carry on with no regard to the damage that we are doing nature will evolve to survive in a way that we cannot. 

It’s a battle we cannot win, only consideration, cooperation and collaboration will ensure the continuation of our species. 


Film and photo images of nature returning to places of human abandonment and disaster have always excited me, the latest fashion for post-apocalyptic/distopic stories suits me perfectly!

The first few samples I did for this exercise are based on this theme. I collected some abandoned food packaging (litter) and used natural items to join straight cuts that I’d made to replicate damage caused by decay.


There’s potential here for working in different scales using larger natural or manmade items, then different sizes and maybe even tiny with drug capsules and coffee pods. 

You’d have to be careful or the work would become too obvious or twee but with careful handling it could make a more subtle statement.

At this point I stalled and work ground to a halt. My old demon of procrastination and overthinking came to visit again. I received some complements and good feedback for my ATV submission and it paralysed me.

I’ve also had some excellent feedback and this has swirled up all my thoughts until they have become tangled like a big bundle of Christmas lights. My knitting and crocheting has benefited from this hiatus but my course work hasn’t, leaving me to panic even more about how time is running out. 

This afternoon I tricked myself back into my workroom – ‘just do a bit of tidying up?’ and sat and made a few more samples just for the fun of it.


I was concerned that my joining was making the pieces very fragile so I made some pieces with more strength.


Finally I made a little piece using gentle items to join 2 solid pieces.