PERSONAL LEARNING – WORKSHOP – Paper Engineering with GEMMA WRIGHT

WORKSHOP – PAPER ENGINEERING

In my continued learning and search to find my own approach to textiles I have attended a workshop this weekend exploring the art of paper engineering. I enrolled on this workshop on the strength of an artists exhibit in the Second Impressions exhibition at New brewery Arts in Cirencester ( see exhibition reviews http://wp.me/p40GFx-mi ) Gemma Wright recently completed a Multi Media printmaking MA at UWE and her practice concentrates on the folding, sculpting and manipulation of paper.  I wanted to discover 2 things, why was this called Paper engineering and not just origami and could I use this method with other substrates, in particular the paper textiles like Tyvek etc. It was a brief introduction to the art of paper craft and I feel sure that a seed has been sown and somewhere it will pop up in my work.

Link to Gemma’s blog –  http://gemmawright.wordpress.com

GEMMA WRIGHT paper triangles

GEMMA WRIGHT paper triangles

Photos of paper forms made to get a feel of 3D paper artworks ( in bright colours to define each shape) and then a free project using supplied printed papers and rivets.

Triangle and cube following instructions

Triangle and cube following instructions

Rhombic Dodecahedron – well most of it as it was very time consuming!

Rhombic Dodecahedron – well most of it as it was very time consuming!

The second half of the workshop we were encouraged to discover for ourselves what could be achieved. My first approach was just to use up the left over paper as I hate waste and it was useful to play with curves and layers all fixed with rivets.

A 5 min sample experimenting with curves and layers.

A 5 min sample experimenting with curves and layers.

 

Finally using some of Gemma’s really lovely screen printed papers that we left over from one of her projects I experimented with angles and folds still considering the layer effect and using the print in opposite directions to get horizontal and vertical lines.

Stands around A3 size, good and strong structure using cartridge and at the sides I doubled it and secured with rivets to make the separation between the front and back.

Stands around A3 size, good and strong structure using cartridge and at the sides I doubled it and secured with rivets to make the separation between the front and back.

View from above to show the cuts and angles to mix and separate – also love the shadows they produce.

View from above to show the cuts and angles to mix and separate – also love the shadows they produce.

 

 

 

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