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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.

Art · MMT - Pjt2 - Tearing and cutting · MMT - Pt1 - Pj2 - Ex5 - Creating Flaps · Textiles 1 - Mixed Media for Textiles

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.