Playing with Paper

Recently we have had some classes in paper engineering. I have really enjoyed these and have produced some fantastic yet simple pieces. I love these because of the bright colours and geometrical patterns.
This folded paper work is great to photograph – showing how the shadows show the 3D form. This is particularly effective because of how this means they appear to create different patterns when seen from different angles.
Some of these techniques are very simple yet very effective.

Textures and Triangles

I’ve recently been responding to my 50 words and 50 images mostly in 2D which is different for me but I’m really enjoying it. Soon I will be translating these into ideas and samples in 3D.

I started these investigations by drawing elements of some of the images I chose.DSCN9418I then started working with the word Windows.

I cut shapes out of paper to use as windows to reveal my drawings behind them.
DSCN9416DSCN9417I did more of these using photocopies of other experiments I have done on this project. I am particularly keen on working with textures and triangles.DSCN9411DSCN9412These last samples I have displayed on my own handmade paper which I made in a workshop near the beginning of this project.DSCN9422

Paper Spoons

My first post of 2014! Sorry I took my time.
These are some paper spoons I made a while ago.

This first one I wove and glued so that it curved.
IMG_9328After this I decided to focus more on the handles as I felt for me there were more possibilities for this. I used ideas from my previous paper and plastics experimentations with a combined geometrical flower/leaf theme.IMG_9334IMG_9346IMG_9325IMG_9330IMG_9350This week I am hoping to develop these designs into plastic.

Paper and Plastic

Here is a closer look at some of my favourite experiments I have done in paper and plastic.DSCN8316DSCN8319DSCN8317As you can see I like geometric shapes. I have experimented with combining this with natural forms which interest me.DSCN8313DSCN8330I have then developed this geometric flower from paper to plastic. The effect is completely different!DSCN8398DSCN8397DSCN8399

My Workspace

I have been a student at Hereford College of Arts for 6 weeks now (which makes me realise how little time I have spent on this blog recently) so I think it is about time I posted some photos of my workspace in the Uni.
IMG_9238As you can see I have decorated the walls with postcards and business cards from artists who inspire me and also some of my own work.IMG_9239IMG_9240IMG_9241I also have my experimental work from our workshop introductions. So far I have done mark making, paper construction, ceramics, plastics, small metals, textiles and wood.IMG_9242IMG_9243IMG_9245IMG_9244I am pleased to say I am really enjoying my course so far.

Carew Castle

Induction day is tomorrow!! Getting nervous! I’m excited too though.

Anyway, moving back into the house in Hereford and meeting another of my housemates has distracted me from doing any more posts, so I’m finally posting these drawings I did a while back of Carew Castle.
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I have drawn three different trees in three different medias.

I have used pencil, charcoal and ink to capture different characteristics of the trees (the trees were not completely bare of leaves I just find the branches much more interesting).

Pencil shows the complexity of the branches,Tree in pencilCharcoal emphasises the texture of the barkTree in Charcoaland using ink was a fantastic way to capture how the tree has grown due to the wind.Tree in ink

Dead Plant

It’s almost time.
A week Monday I will be starting as a student at Hereford College of Arts. Scary!

Having said that I have already moved in to my house in Hereford and met two of the other students I will be living with. I spent a few days there recently and really enjoyed. I will be going back on the 26th giving me a few days to settle in again before starting my course.

Before starting the course we have been asked to fill a sketchbook, drawing from life and experimenting in different medias.

I have a particular liking for ink.
Dead plant