A shock wave has entered my work. My iPad crashed after uploading an update. Many of my images are kept on Icloud. For a small device, the clarity is of photography is generally good and the photos appear on all my devices within seconds. Suddenly, all my images were unavailable, they were not even on iCloud. A local technicnician promised to get all my images back provided I had not ‘restored’ the iPad, he failed to deliver anything except a CD of photos which I could not open.
At the same time Windows 10 does not work with Photoshop. This has meant a huge amount of time has been spent on technology this month. The photographs have been a catastrophic loss, because my iPad also contained art notes, photos of my projects for TM Media and references that I had been maintaining.
It has been a harsh lesson A friend who managed to restore some of the images, bizzarely most are out of date order, upside down, or others I can read only. My response has been to buy a hard-drive for my laptop and save my work each night.
I have discovered Evernote which syncs with all my devices througout the day. I have to face the fact that many images from travelling, visiting exhibitions, and collating other artists work have been lost. Maybe this has nothing to do with my coursework and that assessors would not be interested in this sideline. But I feel the loss and the subsequent adjustment is critical to my role as a student and artist in the world of technology and I have to respond to these new demands.
I am diving straight back into my coursework. I have been reading Hannah Hinchman’s book, A Trail through Leaves. She is an artist who suffers with depression, she will mention it in passing, then says how she overcomes it with a few short sentences, then she carry’s on with her art, her deep interest in nature, the poignant thrust to her life.
After my first few experiments with paper folding, I have added a few more basic tools to help the process
- flat object to flatten paper
- paper clips
- washing line pegs
- bull dog clips
Exercise 3: Box Pleats and Knife Pleats. Whilst the linear pleats had equally spaced valleys and mountains, knife pleats have unequal distribution of valleys and mountains. That is, the mountains are all exactly the same dimensions and the valleys have a narrower dimension. Box pleats are
I have discovered that printer paper holds it’s folds in crisp folded lines. Next, I experimented with handmade paper which has a thicker, springier quality and it does not hold its lines in a solid way. My first knife pleat samples I placed under a weight overnight to keep their shape. This worked resonably well, but after a while the pleats spring into a more rounded uneven shape. I quite like this surface because it is more pliable than printer paper and I felt I could be more playful in teasing out shapes.
The mark making above, provoked my response to wrap wire in fabric and bend it into rounded box shapes.
Exercise 4: Incremental and twisted pleats
The division of space between the valleys and mountains varies. I discovered that adding lines or marks to the paper makes them far more interesting to the eye. I altered the shape of the white paper into a double triangle. The coloured wrap could not hold a fold very well, so I punched holes in the centre and threaded a skewer through it to hold the shape.
Exercise 4 Twisted Pleats
Twisted pleats are arranged in lines of 3 so that the mountain can be laid to one side at the top and twisted in the middle and laid to the opposite side at the bottom. Variation in size of mountains can make an interesting pleat. I worked samples on hand-made paper, card and coloured tissue paper (which was extremey fragile and I enlarged the spaces betwen the pleats to hold them in place)..
I have learned a lot from these exercises, particularly sampling and recording my work in a methodical way. I have also progressed by learning new methods relating to how to manipulate flat objects that are capable of holding a fold. I did a little further experimentation using a commercial starch / fabric stiffener. It did not work as expected, or hold a fold in a piece of cotton; maybe its the brand, I dont know. I dislike aerosols in my home and do not want to buy another. Instead I made my own from cornflour and water. I made samples using washed vintage cotton, some were sprayed from a simple spraying mechanism, some I ‘painted’ onto the fabric and allowed to dry. The latter were very successful. Due to the loss of a lot of my work, II will retake the images when I have more time.
I would like to take the folding experiments further. I have recently dismantled a wooden slatted blind. I want to drill holes in each side and lash them together to make valleys and mountains into a sample using materials other than paper. This idea has come out of studying Ali Ferguson’s work, she drills holes in wooden objects and stitches into them to create a story.
As far as this type of paper origami is concerned, it was fun to experiment with, but I’m unsure I like working in such precise ways and there are many very talented artists working in this field. I can forsee using some of the ideas in different mediums and would like to spend more time considering where and with what materials I could take this methodology further.