The space project involves creating work to respond specifically to a space, rather than creating work and choosing a space to display it in, we did some group activities to start off this project including a large scale mark making activity, a paper cutting activity and then a guerilla gardening task where we used plants and everyday objects to give new life to a burnt out local landmark pub. I decided to use a suitcase as my space to respond to, as it was a smaller space this felt like more of a challenge, and i decided to base it around a trip to Beijing i’d had in summer that i felt had filled me with inspiration and knowledge on a very interesting and diverse culture. I created one case, in a bit of a hurry using a range of paper crafted buildings combined with photographical elements from my trip, but i felt this did not do it justice and decided to begin again and create a much larger scaled piece. My design i created actually evolved during the building of my piece and whilst i was creating each individual element, i found chinese flora and fauna to look very effective using my drawing skills and i learnt new paper crafting techniques that allowed me to make some pieces 3D. I created a frame using bamboo, dowling rail and a shelf bracket to secure my piece, i decided it would be a hanging piece, each individually created element hung from clear fishing wire to appear like i had created a new surreal floating world referencing my trip to China. below are progress images of my work:
this is my original design, i decided to expand outwards as well as upwards in the final piece, to make it look like my work is really growing out of the case, i also added alot more floral elements and an array of pencil drawn fish floating around the piece which i think gave it a surreal feel to it.
i covered the case ( i bought a larger one for the second try) in paper with a contemporary chinese pattern on it, to give it a more modern feel but in keeping with my theme.
this is how my piece began, i created the larger objects from strong card and laid them out to give me an idea of size and composition, i did this throughout the project, laying it all out on the floor and trying out effective compositions.
these are images of the different elements i have created for the final piece, i used alot of mixed media in this work such as paint, pencil, collage and sewing and i found i was influenced by Sam Pierpoint, a paper artist, illustrator and graphic designer.
i was also influenced by artist Tara Tucker, who draws detailed imagery of animals and plants, i drew a version of her fish (above) in biro, she influenced me to include fish in my work. below are progress images of assembling the piece in the gallery space, this was challenging as it was much larger than i had expected and wire was more fiddly than i first thought but it all went up and i was very happy with how it turned out 🙂