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!
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.