I’m going to start by selecting which bits of my drawings that I’m going to use to inspire my stitch work.
All this paper manipulation got me thinking about rusting paper. Out here there is rusted metal everywhere and I have collected some bits and and old rusted metal box.
I put the lot together with some water and vinegar and popped in a piece of organza and some paper. Two days later I have this piece of silk organza after washing. Paper still needs rinsing. Not particularly related to my drawings but related to the environment I’m in at the moment.
With this image I was looking at the soft flowy nature of the watercolour and the way the edges of the watercolour form lines where they meet.
Here are some of the papers that I have manipulated inspired by this image.
In the first I have textured the paper using the multiple wire points on my fleece blending board.
In the second I have pricked through the paper all over with a needle felting needle. This second one was tedious and the holes still tend to present in rows rather than giving an all over soft appearance.
but the hand of both of these is definitely softer than the original paper.
This is a third attempt at creating a soft looking paper. I have used two layers of paper and sewn them together in parallel lines. I then cut through one layer along the lines. This is similar to how I have read about making a chenille like fabric.
It didn’t look at all soft after this process so I then wet it and massaged it a bit to create this holey and soft paper.
With this paper I am looking at the way the watercolour forms an irregular line where it meets its neighbouring patch of watercolour. I have used Joomchi to meld strips of paper lightly together after I have burnt there edges to give a darker irregular line.
It hasn’t worked perfectly because the burning paper was difficult to control and disappeared quickly, but I was impressed by the resulting dark edges and this would be one of my favourite paper manipulations.
Another in interesting way of presenting this may have been to cut out the four little squares that are formed within the motif.
I have not had a great deal of success in referencing the fine random layout of threads, but my results are below.
These first three are experiments with embossing the paper. I have used the geometric kimono shape and various combinations of my body weight, a towel, the septic metal cover, heavy paper cutouts and a Perspex paperweight, to try and create a geometric embossing into soaked printmaking paper.
The most successful was the septic tank cover as I was able to walk on the paper and apply my full body weight in one go.
The paper cut outs one was more subtle because I couldn’t create the full print experience here using only a metal pipe and a towel.
I wasn’t so keen on this one as it looks a bit too close to the original collage with its paper cutouts glued to a surface.
The next two views are of the same paper. I have used joomchi to embed a geometric shape in the paper. It’s only really evident and effective with the light behind it.
Here I am referencing the gauzy lines of the red non woven fabric overlay, by folding random straight lines multiple times and from both sides. I had hoped to create the sense of looking into another landscape that I get from the red fabric, but this looks pretty flat.
This is a different attempt using cut paper glued to a backing. Also too chunky and coarse.
And this one is some red threads held between two pieces of paper laminated with Joomchi.
I’m hoping that some of these may nonetheless provide an OK starting point for the next phase of the exercise.
My attempts with using raffia were too chunky. I struggled to embed fine threads of raffia but they tend to sit on the surface and look too coarse. I tried with different finer threads but they were lost or clumped in the pulp.
This one was slightly better because I have tried to separate the strands more with holes but still very gross representation of the characteristics of the original drawing. Would need to use much finer pulp and laid threads to resonant better with the drawing but I wasn’t able to achieve that this time.
I have tried to take this idea and manipulate the paper to also suggest these features for the next few papers.
Here I have crumpled heavy brown paper more around the outside and less in the middle to try and suggest depth. I also puddled water in the centre to further relax the paper and smooth the central area. Burnishing didn’t work to do this.
I would have liked a more gradual transition but not sure how to achieve that at this stage.
This paper is created by folding and then cutting concentric ovals. I had to be careful that I didn’t cut all the way around otherwise the centre would have fallen out! This one is ok and does reference the characteristics of the drawing a bit better I think.
I’m quite interested in the optical illusion in the photo that makes it look like the paper is alternately bulging and recessed.
Here I am simply looking at the outer shape of the drawing of the open bag above, and repeating that across the page.
I love the falling lines depicting drape in this drawing and I have tried to translate that into the paper below.
I think this is quite successful in giving a sense of falling line and drape in paper.
I have several layers of paper here massaged together using the Joomchi technique in an attempt to create areas of variable thickness and subtle variation in tone. I didn’t think that it was overly successful but seeing it placed below the photo I am thinking it’s actually not too bad at suggesting this characteristic of the drawing.
This is some rusted paper that fell apart, salvaged by using Joomchi. I’m including this in my paper manipulation library and considering that it arises out of attempting to meld paper into layers of different thicknesses as in the different thickness of ink in the above drawing.
Joomchi is a Korean technique that is hundreds of years old. It involves layering Korean paper and working it with your hands and water to create a thick and strong paper that can be used in craft and art applications. I’ve ordered the book ‘Joomchi and Beyond’ by Jiyoung Chung.
Next stage of the journey is to select around six of my drawings to use as inspiration for further work.
Starting with this one because it received positive feedback from my tutor and because it has strong graphic visual qualities that make it stand out from the rest. I’m especially drawn to the chaotic net appearance of the red material that is overlaid. It brings to mind an alien environment made of a disordered web of material. This is probably tapping into my childhood dreams of exploration of new worlds and also my more recent exploration of the creation of serendipitous complex patterning.
I think I will focus in on a small area of the collage to get away from the graphic kimono and make it more ambiguous. This part of the image shows an extra element which is the ground under the red net where it goes off the edge of the white pasteboard
This one also has strong lines and suggests depth and opening. The contour lines lead us into the page and it is reminiscent of a flower or female genitalia. Wish I didn’t have to say that out loud but I can’t really ignore it.
Flowing thick texture within the dense area of ink gives interest to what would otherwise be a flat block of black. The drips also reinforce the thickness of ink on the page.
I think the serendipitous shades of black are the most interesting aspect of this drawing.
I’m including this depiction of the ikat weaving as something different, that shows less graphic and more subtle qualities of light and dark and the coming together of small marks to create an image.
I’m really pleased with this simple drawing because I think by just observing and following the lines that I saw I have created an image that really shows the drape and movement of the kimono.
Just realised that I haven’t included any drawings from my flower drawings.
I have chosen this one because once again I find myself drawn to chaos and disorder, and this plant certainly shows that characteristic. Tangled line on a background of colour gives a sense of life and action to this drawing.
Finally this drawing has the seeping random qualities that I love, with multiple shades and serendipitous line where the watercolour has met. It’s more the background in this drawing than the negative space drawing, that I am responding to.
I might not use all eight but I will leave these choices now and see how I go with the next part of the project before I decide which ones to leave out.
Last night I had my video feedback session with my tutor which was fine. I’ve included a copy of the report sent below. I was excited by his encouragement to go beyond the brief a bit and include more of my own interests. I’m happy to do that because I’m in a pretty unique place at present. Working in remote central Australia means that I have limited resources in regard to shopping but new and exciting resources in the environment.
Congratulations Susan, you have worked at a good level for this assignment.
You have produced some well-executed pieces of work. There is evidence you have researched widely and used different techniques and processes to influence your thinking and making. Your learning log shows that you have been looking at adequate research and artists required for the projects. Overall this is a good body of work.
We discussed on Video call that you are enjoying drawing and painting and that you are feeling very comfortable working on big formats, like you have done with some of your paintings and collages. We also commented about developing some of your drawing with a bit more detail and maybe spend more time on some of them, prioritising quality to quantity.
You have successfully explored different scales, it would have been great to see more detailed drawings and more bigger pieces.
Your Collage pieces were amongst your favourite pieces and some of the strongest pieces of your work, you have worked with many different materials, layering and combining different colours in a successful way.
It is good to hear that you are enjoying Drawing, and that you want it to be part of your start of every project, I really encourage you to continue developing them and exploring different ways, materials and techniques. You mentioned today that you don’t have too many resources for material around you, as there are not many shops near you. Take this as an opportunity to be a bit more experimental and explorative, maybe using recycled or found materials, Don’t feel you always need to work with paper, you can find elements found in nature, plastics, card boards, metal…etc
We discussed the possibilities of trying to work beyond the exercises and explore a more personal approach to the projects. Possibly adding some primary research like photographs, found objects… and create colour palettes that you can then add to your drawings and future textile samples.
Overall, I think you are enjoying the course and generating very exciting pieces of work.
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Well done Susan, I look forward to your next assignment.
3rd September 2017
Next assignment due