Subject- Metal waves
Future generations- Plastic
Archaeologists- Knitted plastic
This plastic project follows on from my archaeologists projects. I wanted to create something that was mainly plastic bags to influence people. I want to show people what the materials is capable of so instead of throwing them away they could do this. I tried creating everyday object or using techniques that are commonly know for example knitting or sewing. AS time went on I resorted to another wall hanging. It’s not a useful object but I think this project is more for showing than using. A wall hanging or tapestry really highlights plastic in another form.
I’m annoyed to say I left this final making too late. If I had more time I would have used more technique and other types of bags with different colours and textures, like crotchet or using wire to bone the plastic. I would also give it more shape instead of as blocky as it is now. I would also have it actually hanging so the light could actually reach all of he texture instead of small spots. How it’s hung with the long cardboard tubes doesn’t allow light to reach a lot of the tapestry especially the top. Although this does allow the viewer to see both lit and unlit texture.
I love the effect the heat gun had on their plastic. I feel everyone knows of the ironing trick so the heat gun is unexpected and not as controlled. It’s better for embroidery but I wanted to create that texture change the appearance and properties of the plastic untill it’s not really noticeable.
I think it definitely makes a statement and from the entrance I don’t think it’s easy to destinguish the material, which was the aim. Again time constraints and lack of time management got to me I planned turbines or hammocks but didn’t have the knowledge or time to learn or make these things which is a shame but gives my ideas for the future. Overall I like how it’s come together well I’m proud to put it in my exhibition space.
The brief of this project was to create something that had a balance or contrast between beautiful usable. My style tends to be more of the beautiful side. At the start of the project I aimed for both beautiful and useable with decrotive autumnal lighting. Throughout the year this rapidly developed due to the material and research I found. Just like my original influences of leaves this project naturally developed into what it is today an beautiful decrotive piece. It’s function is to look beautiful, you want beautiful piece to decorate an interior or gallery instead of an “ugly” piece. I’ve have kept the running theme of nature and momentum in both the original falling leaves to shadows to waves. This is the farthest a project has ever developed for me but I am still pleased with the results.
I think the copper against the chrome and blue steel works well, the warm tones lights really lift the piece as well. I think I have embodied fluidity in such a solid and strong material. Even though I didn’t properly achieve blue steel I still love the affect I got there’s so much life and imagery within the oil and heat stains, it adds another factor to the fairly complex piece. I think as a whole it looks quite effortless and to me calming.
If I had more time I would improve it by perhaps perfecting my blue steel technique whether I would prefere the proper example or the effect I got I don’t know untill I saw both examples. I would have tried to protect the outer boarder better to make the waves have a frame and adding more of the the silver steel. I would also sort my lights out so that one they wouldn’t die so easily and that I would have a few more. I think due to the shortness of the second lot of lights they are centre around the middle of the piece too much.
I do think I have made a successful piece I don’t think I pushed myself to much other tha. In time constraints but it does represent me very well. IK feel that generally the most successful maker pieces are a hybrid of at least two materials like wood and glass for example so I would want to push my materials farther. However I would happily decorate with this piece.