I spent some time looking back over the samples I had done and the drawings I had chosen. I decided I wasn’t happy with some of the samples and I felt this was because of the drawings I had chosen. The creases in the velvet (drawing) I felt didn’t give me enough scope for making samples- once I had crumpled, folded and sanded I felt I couldn’t take it any further and I couldn’t see how I would move it onto the stitching part. Same with the waistcoat creases. As I used the paper to make the creases I didn’t know what stitches I would put onto it. I liked the technique and the look of the burnt holes for the moth damage, but again, I felt there was not enough texture in the drawing to take this piece any further.
So, back to looking at my folio of work and this time I used a viewfinder window to really ‘see’ the different lines and marks in the drawings. I replaced the 3 drawings with the collage of the moth damage as this had more texture and marks to play about with. I wanted to keep the moth damage as I felt it was one of the more interesting pieces but just not from the ink drawing I had done.
I chose the pencil drawing of the lace veil as this had lots of lines and marks to continue forward and I picked the detailed drawing of the frayed hole on the blue dress as this gave a good range of textures to experiment with.
I kept the chard leaf, the watered silk and the lace veil drawing as I was pleased with the samples I had created for these.
So, I started with samples for the frayed hole. The centre of the hole was a herringbone pattern so I focused on this first. I used white copy paper and scored lines at regular intervals then scored alternating lines using my scoring board, creating a herringbone effect. I also tried this with brown parcel paper and both resulted in a good strong pattern. The material around the hole had a bumpy look I used a textured ‘dotted’ piece of cardstock. I cut a hole in it with scissors and then used a Tim Holtz distresser tool and a nail file to rough up and distress the edges. I cut into the edge of the hole and sanded those pieces, creating the frayed threads.
I was beginning to get a bit despondent with the samples. I felt like I was getting nowhere fast. I realised I was trying to re-create the drawings which I felt wasnt the direction I was supposed to be going in. Back to my learning log and I photocopied the drawings I had chosen, used the veiw finder to find an interesting part of each drawing then cut that out from the photo copy and stuck it in my learning log. I then looked at each image and wrote words which described each piece.
With these words in mind I went back to the frayed hole and made some more samples. I used a piece of textured watercolour paper and pleated it into a strip and then foled it into squares. When opened out it gave me a sort of square pattern like the bumpy squares of the drawing. I then got a piece of rough handmade paper and spread an orange net over it and then applied texture paste before removing the net. The result was bumpy diamond shapes, irregular and textured. In some places the net had pulled away a layer of paper when it was removed but this just added to the irregularity of the piece. This is one of my favorite peices so far. It is quite heavy but still fragile, bumpy, irregular and rough.
I then cut strips of kitchen towel and tore them into irregular rectangle shapes. I covered a piece of white card with PVA and began layering up the pieces. I kept going untill I had about 5 or 6 layers of towel. The towel is soft and bumpy but the glue and the backing card have made it quite stiff all over. It looks a little raised and padded.
Feeling happier and bit more freer in my approach I moved onto the pencil drawing of the lace.
For the first piece (top and bottom right photo) I folded pleats into a piece of white deli paper and then I covered those pleats with black tissue paper, above and below the pleats so you could still lift the pleat up. Looking again at the drawing I was reminded of the handmade paper that has the flowers and petals trapped in it so off I went to the craft store. They only had a silky type of handmade paper with bits of bark in it but I liked the look of it. I crumpled it up several times, making it really soft to the touch. I then cut thin strips of black tissue and glued them over the top. I was still liking the idea of petals or flowers trapped in paper but as its January and I have no petals available I looked at the picture again, tring to see it as just marks rather than the flower pattern I had drawn. This helped with making the next piece. I folded a strip of black tissue paper into pleats and then cut very fine strips off of it. I scattered these over a piece of crumpled white tissue and then I sprayed another piece of crumpled tissue with some glue and placed it over the top trapping the black inbetween. This looks like squiggly drawn lines. I am pleased with this sample, simple but effective.
For the collage picture with the moth damage I first stuck crumpled and creased tissue paper to white card. I wasnt too happy with this as I felt it just looked like the collage. I then found some blue copy paper which I crumpled up repeatedly untill i had a nice texture. I then used blue crepe paper for the centre as it has a sort of lined ridge texture to it. I then used cut out pieces of the handmade bark paper and stuck them on. I am happier with this piece as it has more texture and potenial for the next stage.
I thought I would have another go at the chard leaf sample as I liked the fact that the previous sample had colour. I used green and red copy paper (the colour of the original leaf) and I crumpled them both up and then layered them on top of each other. I cut away sections of the green to reveal the red underneath in lines and I also made a few holes through both layers. Not really happy with this piece as it looks like a piece of rubbish ready for the bin! I also tried the frayed hole again using a piece of the scored brown parcel paper and a piece of silky handmade paper. I made a hole in the handmade paper and roughed up the edges with a nail file. I then pleated it and folded it into squares before opening it out and gluing the scored paper behind the hole. This piece is quite simple but I like it.
So, I am ready to move onto the next stage. I have enjoyed exploring different methods of manipulating paper to create surfaces. I have learnt some new skills on how to look at the original piece of work and see how it can progress into the next stage. Some ideas in my head didn’t translate well onto paper and others like the heated tyvek paper came out really well. This is what it’s all about, experimenting, finding out what works and constantly re-evaluating what you are doing by going back to the original piece and seeing how you can move it forward.