Friday March 4
End of week 4, which is the end of the first week of Materiality.
There have been a few things which I mean to complete, such as the closure of the Tumblr page that I began. I had forgotten about my old wordpress account, and honestly. I’m put off Tumblr. I feel like there are groups of people that have given it a bad name.
I have just installed Dropbox to this laptop and my phone so now I can quickly dump photos to that as soon as I’m done. Plus my Mentor can easily take the photos from that at any time. Even share what he snaps back.
Readings – well… I just haven’t been in that frame of mind to read them, but will do so. Not hard. At least its not R. Krauss.
I’m not sure that I wrote a blog entry last week? And I have finished my to-do list. I will print that up and stick it to my corner in the “advanced” room. Really grateful we have a room dedicated to us.
Last week I happily wrapped up the process project with Aaron in our Thursday Mentor Meeting. It just seemed like a hammer to my usual way of working – just doing something so simple was kinda hard at first. I wanted to do so many processes/verbs but that is just… Not getting the point. I get it in the end – even though really I had only given the project a weeks thought – the rest was spent on the mural project, reading, trying to get over my frustration at the sudden alieness of this whole program, organising my thoughts around it and many moments of … Being lost. I suppose confusion. I was lost as to what to do, where to begin, how to spend my time on it, what material, what to do to it etc… etc etc.
Thankfully, I just started, somewhere. And I got somewhere. I think. At least I am no longer frustrated at this program.
Its a relief its over – and my mentor/sensei is very pleased with the results and my articulation of my findings and view.
This week he was really excited by my strip-paper origami. As am I, my younger self from Auckland would be overjoyed to see me doing massive Chinese lucky stars in giant paper strips. I do also plan on doing sonobe units (for modular origami) out of the brown paper and the huge white paper roll that I purchased last week at Timbrel. It was the end of a roll but for $20 its heaps. Approximately 130gsm, just heavier than photocopier paper. Still seems to be of a ‘cartridge’ feel to the paper. I think that I will have to be a regular customer of Terry, such a generous man. If I could do websites I think I would do up his website for some more free rolls, even a dive through the offcuts bin. God that was fun last year.
So the thought is that the paper strips holding loosely some knots (loosely so as to not create folds in the paper) has the appearance of material (ribbon and rope). Paper is not usually thought of as holding knots, not in western culture I would think.
As easy as it seems to me the part of doing the folding and the knots, even in paper 1m wide, its the tying of it back into print making that I am worried about. I’m not entirely sure if I want to just roll stamps or rollers filled with ink just to say it is part of printmaking. Perhaps a mono print on flattened origami units could work out.
Paper like fabric prints?
Also, origami dipped into ceramic slip and then fired…
I will actually try plaster first to see how it re-acts and if it holds up. I will need to have a good yarn with the ceramics teacher too. Hopefully this doesn’t get expensive for me.
Which is another thought – can I get someone else to pay for these projects for me? Is there a gallery who would purchase these from me? I’m doing badly so far as an artist to pay back my current patron – I wanted to do illustrations for the mokopuna but so far my heart hasn’t been in it. I don’t want to give work that doesn’t have all my attention in it. Some day I will send something back that will be amazing – and hopefully make them money! Forever you have my gratitude.
But still, i need sponsors to help me achieve bigger projects that don’t bank-rupt me. And I know that there are ways to get funded, how do I get in the game?
The readings group we have on Thursdays was interesting, I hadn’t done the reading so was a bit lost. I felt like I should have said more. There was talk about frames – how it was a later invention – a way to focus the viewer. But before there was only the edge of the paper and the paper size was made out of something to do with vellum. But something else too was said that was important to me – such as “fitness for purpose”. The size of the paper was not too big and not too small and was easily transportable. I cant recall it now but it is something I agreed with.
Anyhow, today – I dumpster dive the recycling bin. I want to use the used brown paper instead of the new brown paper for my prototypes. Here we go!