Sunday, 16 October 2016

Double structures

I've begun playing with the idea of 3 D shapes covered with excerpts from my many photos of architectural forms - structures therefore on top of structures. Today's first attempts are basically cubic in form with their faces stitched together with perlé cotton.


Holes were punched and look throughs were cut to give variety to the surface and glimpses of what lies behind.


Shadows were created when the forms were strongly lit to give a different perception of structure.



And I photographed one of the forms from above as well as from the side, revealing internal shadows before the light dropped ... and a third layer of structures ...



The photos I've used here were taken inside Sydney Opera House looking out at the harbour beyond. I've since turned them to black and white and greatly increased the light levels and contrast to give a silhouette-like effect. 

I have a huge library of such photos as I find exploring their possibilities fascinating. I especially enjoy the range of graphic images that are possible with them. 



8 comments:

  1. Oh these are fun! And the shadows are gorgeous 'structures' in themselves! LOVE the pic of the one in the middle, fourth from the bottom. Great lines!

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    1. Thank you, Marny. They were fun to do and have prompted some thinking, which is always good.

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  2. This is a fascinating and attractive piece of work. I can imagine that it's sparking off all sorts of ideas for you - artist's books -?

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    1. Thank you, Olga. It is indeed sparking many thoughts. An artist's book is among them (though I'd have to work on my book-making skills) but also a long wall piece with cut-throughs and round holes to create shadows on the wall behind when lit??

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    2. I thought of you and your attraction to lines and negative spaces when I saw this workshop with Jean Draper: http://textilestudygroup.co.uk/courses/summer-school-2017/

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    3. Very many thanks for this, Olga. It all looks, as you suggest, right up my street. I am investigating the possibility!

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  3. So cool. Love everything you do in black and white.

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    1. Thanks, Connie. It's always good to hear from you.
      The black and white just keeps on preoccupying me. One day, there'll be some colour again, I guess!

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