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MMT – Pt1 – Pj2 – Ex5 – Creating Flaps – Part 2

More using up old stuff! I though I really should make another sample for this exercise so I went back to my stock of manipulated papers to have a play.

I’ve always liked this layered sheet that I attacked with a circular grinding tool, the circles are all very squiggly and random. 

Without any focal point or alteration it’s pleasing to the eye. But that didn’t stop me cutting some oval leaf shapes (my ‘go to’ shape as the young people say!)

I then decided to continue with the filling the hole created by cutting the flap and added some needle punched scrim and lutrador and an interesting magazine image.  Tonality the image was very flat so I started adding some dark areas with some black pigment pastel and acrylic ink.

And because this is playing and I don’t have to hold back when playing I started to add lots more colour. I layered it up until I was happy with the balancing. Even with the colour the image was still far too clean and bright and the layers weren’t sinking into each other so I scored across the surface with the side of a lollipop stick. 

This little close up shows how the lines that have distressed the surface draw the shapes and the layers together. They flatten the background but do not interfere with the colour and focal points created by the images in the holes.

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MMT – Pt1 – Pj2 – Ex4 – Cutting Holes – part 2

I keep finding myself going back to this exercise, I don’t think I have explored the action of cutting holes in different surfaces. Even with these next 2 samples I’m still not satisfied that I’ve done enough investigating and experimenting but if I do keep going I’ll never meet my end of June deadline for Assignment 1.

This little sample using magazine pages could work well with transfer printed fabric and I like the way the images are altered and given me life by being moved around. Looking at it makes me feel like I’m looking through a magic window into a world beyond, the unnatural mixture of near and far plays tricks with your eyes; are you looking through binoculars or the eye’s of an alien?

I still have lots of manipulated paper left over from ATV and I often draw on this store to make a quick sample when I feel like I’m loosing my way or I’m being overly distracted by overthinking what I’m doing. 

This little sample is one of these ‘using up old stuff’ samples.  The surface has lots of texture and I like the contrasts between the pale and coloured areas. 

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MMT – Pt1 – Pj2 – Ex5 – Creating Flaps

With this exercise I was pretty sure before I started what I wanted to do before I started. I’ve had this colour chart for a while and had been wondering what to do with it and when this I saw the instructions on creating flaps I knew I had found a happy occupation for these little colour chips. 

I very rarely work with clean, simple lines, I’m more a messy sketchy kinda person so the idea in my head presented me with a challenge. I knew I would need to use maths with is something very likely to send me into a panic, despite being a knitter and a quilter! But if there is nothing that I’ve gained from this course it is that you’ve got to try; sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. So I got out my ruler and started drawing and calculating.

Oh I was proud of myself, all those lines and little notes until I realised that when I folded the paper back my notes and pencil lines would be visible, doh! What a numpty but I decided to plough on and try to concentrate on cutting well within the lines, the pen notes might make a nice bit of added detail. The truth is I was too lazy to start again.

In actual fact the page looked okay after I’d done all the cutting. The surface still looked nice and clean despite my desk being very grubby, my shoulders were aching but I was happy with the result.

It took a good while to rip the little chips off their original card and then stick them down on to their new home, I decided to keep the original ordering because they worked so well on the chart why change the flow at this stage. The juxtaposition of the colours would change anyway because my chart layout is different and I wanted to see if this changed the overall harmony in any way.

I’m really pleased with the end result. The little bits of pen do show but they didn’t really disturb the image.

For such a simple design there was lots of potential with moving the flaps and the lighting to get different views of the colours and the textures. 

The images made me think of lines of buildings or soldiers on parade. After the events at Glenfell tower the little boxes of different colours made me think of all the tower blocks with coloured cladding that you see in our towns and cities. The campaign of repeated, regulated, unstoppable regeneration, a good idea that pounded on regardless of questions and second thoughts. 

If I was to develop this into a textile piece I would have one little grey flap in amongst the others, a small beacon of disaster, a jarring spike of hindsight to remind us that regeneration is much more that just improving the view for the surrounding neighbourhood. 

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Playing with ‘a meandering cut’

I’m still here plodding along, once I sit down I’m hooked and love what I’m doing but it’s far too easy to procrastinate off into the distance! So what have I’ve been up to?

Raised surfaces and textures are something that I really love, it must be something to do with the way the light gets distorted by the highs and lows and alters the surface into something of wonder and interest. Heck, ignoring the flowery works, let’s just say they make me happy!

Playing with meandering cuts has therefore given me a fabulous technique for creating really interesting and surprising surfaces.

My first sample is very simple and is made from soft handmade Japanese paper.

It was very plain so I decided to add some gentle colour to highlight and draw more attention to the edges of the folds.

And finally I had a little play around with light and camera angles to increase the tonal changes to create more of a dramatic feel to the piece. It struck me then how important it must be to have your work put in exactly the right place at an exhibition and how frustrating it must be when this isn’t possible.

I’d enjoyed working with the simple paper but the idea of working with photographic and pictorial images was still playing on my mind and I was chuffed to find this little book for 50p in a charity shop. Ummm? Could I make a long cut and distorted sample?

The book is full of page after page of images of paintings of horses. Just perfect for me to continue the theme of manipulating and transforming a flat picture to alter the viewers immediate first look, to keep the eye darting round trying to make sense of what they have just seen. 

I make a few quick note and a sample in my sketchbook book.

This isn’t going to be a quick or simple sample to make this time, the basic strip of pages is quite long and quite unruly (but I have tamed it a little with a quilting clip!)

I’m also a messy worker so I’ve only got a small portion of my work table to use for the cutting and sticking. It all soon got out of hand but then I remembered I’d got some lollipop sticks which might help stabilise the structure.

Things are coming along nicely and this method of exploration and ‘working with the faith that it’s going to be okay in the end’ made me think of Matthew Shlian, I’d researched him via an article in Uppercase magazine when I’d started MMT and I definitely feel some of his words had sunk into my subconscious. 

I can never resist taking a few photos and publishing them on Instagram. There’s still looks of cutting and sticking to do!

Oh and on another note my submission for formal assessment of ATV has been posted and received. Let the nervous waiting begin 😬