The opportunity to attend a workshop run by Alison Harper: A Textile artist who focuses on remaking the discarded and regularly overlooked into new objects was really exciting.
A chance to gain new techniques, inspiration and approaches….
Using a combination of papers including cardboard, paper napkins and tissue papers alongside discarded objects such as polystyrene, old lego and lidtops we focused on using these objects to create new forms of an aesthetic opposed to conceptual nature through folding, printing, painting, layering, curling, dipping and structuring techniques. Given the freedom to just play! Having enjoyed the workshop so much I continued my experimentation
A collection of paper forms
By choosing to work in Monochrome I was able to concentrate on form, structure and surface. The simplicity of monochrome corresponding with the simplicity of my materials.
Demonstrating layering, structure, line and form these three samples co-ordinate well as a collection
Close up detail/Explanation of Techniques
Scrap rice paper printed with polystyrene to create bubbled monochrome texture before overlaying with corrugated and torn cardboard scraps pressed into acrylic paint adding surface dimension
Corrugated cardboard pleated in places to create a three dimensional appearance in places, Enhanced further through free machine embroidery where zig, zag lines and curves give another dimension
Various papers were printed and painted upon before being deconstructed and reassembled into a new composition. The design is quite bold owing to the circular lines in black.
As-well as encompassing the techniques above these samples focused on structure, form and shape:
where two dimensional surface were developed into three dimensional forms..
Printed/painted tissue papers developed into three dimensional structures through scrunching, pleating and folding processes. Aspects of black and white thread holding the first structure in place.
Printed paper was left to dry before layering tissue paper in place behind, this was then dipped in wax and moulded into a new form as above through folding/pleating/pinning which has now stiffened.