Assignment 4 Project 8 Stage 2 Exercise 3

The brief is to decide on a shape and make a rigid frame in that shape.  Then wrap, bind, criss-cross or interlace materials within the shape, paying attention to the qualities of the materials and the space between them when held up to light.

My first sample is made from plastic drinking straws and plastic bags.  I selected these materials because of their transparency and the way the light would show through.

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The next sample has a cardboard frame and I used needlelace techniques to fill the middle with paper raffia, again matching the filling material to the frame.

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For this sample I varied the materials to provide contrasting textures.  I used wood dowel for the outer frame and criss-crossed wire at random. Then I  wedged tea bags papers into the wire work.  This piece looks quite ordinary against a table top but then when held against the light as in the bottom photo the transparency and variegated colour of the tea bag papers really shows up well.

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The contrast of the metallic wire to the matte tea bag papers is also very effective.

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For my last sample I wanted to try something more 3 dimensional and returned to the work I had done based on Cyclone Olwyn.

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I went to a tree that had been toppled by the cyclone and selected a short length of branch with a variety of shapes formed by the twigs.  I matched the red and black colour scheme of my earlier collage, and wrapped strips of jersey fabric and yarns around the branch in circular movements to replicate the feel of the cyclonic winds. I think this idea would work on a much larger scale and even as a site-specific work where the yarns were wrapped around a real tree.

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