From the beginning this was my interpretation of paper manipulation. I wanted to do something different with paper rather than cut and fold it. I began with some research into paper. I examined how paper was made and from this I found a Japanese method of spinning paper. My early experimentations with this method were unsuccessful, so I decided to attempt to develop my own way of spinning paper, by hand on a drop spindle.
The spinning process is very controlled, however it can create quite taut and loose formations. The primary form that comes from spinning with the drop-spindle is similar to that of a cocoon. The spun paper is enclosed within itself, tightly or loosely depending on how the spinning method.
From here I hope to create a series of multiple pieces allocated together to form one large sculptural formation using this spinning method. This may be a draped piece or free-stand.
All these pieces will embody control and freedom. One word that I hope my work will embody is Vicissitudes – Alternations to Opposites. Alternation between opposite or contrasting things.
The image above is of hand-spun paper in three different colours. I then plied the three individual colours together. During this process this natural cocoon formation occurs on the drop spindle.
Above are examples of my spun paper. Here I am experimenting with colours layered together. White yarn spun formations grouped together.
Above are spun pieces straight off the drop spindle ready for being wrapped together to form the cocoon like structure below.
I wanted to examine the inner body of the structure so decided to cut it in half. As I cut through I found the scene that unfolded before me to be quite interesting, and engaging and so I left the piece half-cut to reveal the coloured layers within.
Several photos to observe how my objects can be viewed from different angles.
Close-up shot. I find the photos themselves interesting, depending on how you take the photo these can be more visually stimulating especially as a close-up shot.
Side view I really like the cut edge here on the spun paper yarn.
Above is an example of 2 sheets of paper 50 x 76cm spun on the drop spindle. Experimenting with colours.
Spun paper contrasts with the cut paper strips, before and after spinning.
Above is a close-up of the paper on the drop spindle ready for spinning.
Above are more examples of grouping together but also thinking of different sizes. I really like the loose end element and would like to explore this further. Also thinking about colour.
Thinking about multiples grouped in different formations.
Above is an example of experimenting with dye. How the paper absorbs the dye, see image below here I have cut in half to see what happens within the structure with dye absorption.
Three contrasting pieces together, dye added, cutting in half to reveal dye within structure and spun yarn without dye added. Here I am thinking about dye absorption and control.
From these images it is interesting to see they have a much bigger in scale appearance. I am thinking of large-scale pieces which could work better? Above is a before shot before wrapped together to reveal the final outcome below.
I really like the angle of this photo showing a section of the structure, very controlled white spun paper contrasting with the red cut paper elements.
Two contrasting pieces, control contrasting with freedom. Tightly wrapped piece with cut piece.
Close-up of cut yarn. Again visually interesting captured close-up.
Above another experiment of tightly controlled. Here I have derived inspiration from seeds and pods. Elements concealed within each other. As I see the yarn as entwined within each other it is controlling the elements within. Control and Freedom. I plan to explore more objects which represent control and freedom. I have been deriving my inspiration from natural forms. In particular seed pods because I feel these structures are very similar to the structures naturally formed within the spinning process.
More photos to follow……….