Project two Wrapping
Exercise 1 Straight wrapping with threads
Black sparkly mohair type wool
- Easy to wrap with
- Bottom of the spoon bowl had to be wrapped several times to enable me to move up to the spoon bowl as it kept slipping
- Had the same trouble with the top of the spoon, kept slipping off as nothing to hold it to.
- Making denser in places- easy on the stem, harder on the bowl of the spoon.
- Took quite a lot of wool to make denser as it was fine but achieved a nice effect once done. Easy to manipulate into different shapes.
Brown variegated string
- Very easy to wrap evenly, the previous wrap acts as a type of ledge for the next piece to sit snugly against creating a very even and neat wrap. It looks precise and uniform in contrast to the fluffy mohair wool of the previous wrap.
- The tonal variegation of the string adds a nice design element
- It was not as easy to keep the wrapping neat when wrapping denser, I had to use a criss cross method to build up bulk.
- Very even and neat on the handle of the spoon, again, harder to wrap neatly over the bowl of the spoon due to the curvature.
- Wrapped well due to the flatness of the raffia
- Harder to wrap denser, had to use criss cross method again, couldn’t control the tension very well.
- Does not look much different when wrapped denser to when it was flat.
- Great fun to use, colourful and very easy to wrap due to the wire inside.
- I used different colours which created a fun, fluffy rainbow effect.
- Very even and neat, you can see the contrasting lines, adds to the effect.
- Enjoyed wrapping denser with the pipe cleaners as the wire can be bent into different shapes creating 3D shapes which were extended past the base of the spoon, creating a sort of ‘floating’ sculpture around the spoon.
Recycled silk yarn
- Easy to wrap quite evenly
- The loose fibres gave it a very textured look and the colours were quite intense
- Making it denser was easy, the loose fibres helped with grip. I didn’t have very much of this yarn though so could not go as dense as I would have liked.
- Wrapped with silver beading wire very sparsely so the spoon could be seen beneath.
- Wrapped in a criss cross method
- Very simple and basic, no real design or standout features until I removed the wire.
- I managed to slide the spoon out from the wire leaving behind the abstract form of the spoon in the wire. I found this very interesting and will explore this further.
Sari ribbon with handspun art yarn
- Good contrast between the smooth silkiness of the sari ribbon and bumpy texture of the art yarn. The art yarn is soft but dense, the sari ribbon delicate and light.
- The colours compliment each other and the gold thread of the art yarn adds a richness to the sumptuous colours and textures.
Scarf yarn and decorative yarn from Turkey
- The scarf yarn has puffy fleece pods and ‘eyelash’ yarn. The decorative yarn from Turkey is a chain stitch with beads and folded squares of material dispersed along the length.
- Creating denser areas was easy due to the thickness of the fleece pods. The yarn already had a good contrast between the delicate ‘eyelash’ strands and the thicker fleece pods.
- The decorative yarn adds a vibrant pop of colour, both from the squares of fabric and the green chain stitch base.
- The spoon resembles a doll shape I feel and the decorative yarn reminded me of a Hawaiin lei.
- I liked the trailing yarn off the end of the spoon, like it’s trying to continue on it’s own.
- The texture was very soft and springy.
Chunky yarn and gold wire
- Very soft, chunky yarn in 2 different colours, mixed with the stiff wire gave a good contrast of textures.
- I wrapped the wire very loosely around the spoon so it appeared to be floating around it-it was wrapped but appeared free floating.
- When photographing it, it reminded me of a bee shape, the wool as the stripped body and the wire as the wings.
T-Shirt yarn and silver wire
- I wrapped the t-shirt yarn loosely around the spoon, making it denser in several places. It was soft and bulky.
- The wire was wrapped tightly around the soft t-shirt yarn. I wanted to create a bulge of the t-shirt yarn where the wire was tight but this did not really show up, I think the wire was too thin to be very effective. There was some bulge but not defined enough.
Glittery ribbon and LED lights on wire
- The glittery ribbon was easy to wrap and gave nice defined lines. I layered LED lights in between the ribbon.
- The lights shone through the layers of ribbon and I had wrapped them on the outside too. The lights highlighted the glittery nature of the ribbon making it sparkle even more.
- This looked pretty but it was nothing spectacular, maybe incorporating lights into the next exercise would work better?
Going back to the wire
The wire form left behind after the spoon was removed fascinated me. I could tell it was the shape of a spoon but if I showed it to anyone else it would be doubtful they would come to that conclusion as the form was too abstract.
I then wrapped the spoon with very fine gold jewellery wire and removed the spoon. This was not successful. As i gently pulled the spoon out the wire totally distorted leaving a mass of twisted wire behind. I tried to manipulate it back into a shape resembling a spoon but that didn’t work.
I then tried to combine the silver wire shape with the gold wire, thinking i could thread the silver wire over the top of the gold but that just didn’t work at all.
I then wrapped the spoon with layers of silver, gold and copper wire, all different thicknesses. I couldn’t go all the way to the top of the spoon if I wanted to remove the wire successfully as the top would then be too narrow to slide over the spoon.
When removed I was left with a wire sculpture of the spoon, which I named, ‘memory of a spoon’. I love the abstractness of it, how it holds its shape, the coils of varying wire, it just works for me as a stand alone piece.
I was not sure what other materials I could utilize to get a similar ‘ghosting’ effect. It would need to hold its own shape, be strong but flexible enough to wrap around the spoon and be easily removed from the spoon. I couldn’t think of anything that would work in the same way- wrapping around the spoon, but I wondered if I could knot or loop around the spoon and if that would hold the shape once removed.
I tried a looping technique around the spoon with jute string. I started from halfway down the bowl of the spoon so I would be able to remove it. The spoon looked good wrapped in the knotting, like it was cocooned safely in a holder to protect it. I carefully removed the spoon and the string held its shape. The stem had a wonderful twist to it, like achieved with some forms of macrame. It still was not recognizable as a spoon though as I couldn’t wrap the top part of the spoon otherwise I would not be able to remove it.
I tried the looping technique with thin beading wire. It took a lot longer to cover the spoon but it worked very well. I had started halfway down the bowl of the spoon again but this time when I removed the wire I added more looping to the top to complete the shape of the spoon. I was very pleased with this result, it looked like a spoon, the wire was fine enough that you could see the front and back at the same time creating a hollow 3D shape.
Creating these ghost forms may have stepped slightly away from the brief, but I feel they were an important exploration. When wrapping you are normally concealing something or changing the shape of something. These ghost shapes explore the empty shape left behind when the object wrapped is no longer there or concealed. It’s like a memory of the shape, holding the form of something that once existed. Like the spoon just slid away or decomposed leaving the shape of itself behind as a reminder that it existed.
I feel I could have been a bit more playful with the combining of threads, making the spoon so wrapped that it was unidentifiable, or adding 3 or 4 different threads to a piece. Other than that I feel I used a large range of different materials and explored a theme that led me away slightly, from what maybe the expected norm for this exercise was. The memory of shape could advance as a whole project on its own if I had the time available to me.