MMT- Part one surface distortion-Project 2 -tearing and cutting

Project 2 tearing and cutting

 exercise 4 cutting holes 

I used A4 copy paper and a craft knife and cut random rectangles out of the paper. I then took two more sheets of paper and cut random rectangles into those as well and then layered the three pieces of paper together. This created interesting shapes and patterns through the holes of the paper. I wanted to record these shapes, so I laid each individual sheet of paper onto my sketchbook page, one at a time, and used different colour pens for each piece of paper to draw through the holes.  This created a very interesting pattern in my sketchbook. I then laid the three pages together onto my sketchbook page and I drew through the holes which created a random assortment of different shapes. I then wanted to look at the effect of shadow and light through the cut-out shapes. When the three sheets of rectangles were laid on top of each other on the lightbox the intricacy of the pattern intensified due to the shadow and light created. It very much reminded me of an x-ray with the different shades of white and grey created. I liked the effect of the build-up of layers and shadows; it was like each layer was revealing something different to me. I then did the same experiment but using circles. Again, I drew through each individual sheet of circles into my sketchbook page which created an overlapping circle pattern and then I placed the three sheets of circles together and drew through the holes creating a random shaped pattern. Because I used different coloured pens in my sketchbook to draw through the shapes this inspired me to use different coloured paper to create the shapes in. I used red, orange, yellow and light-yellow coloured paper and cut out random circles and ovals in each sheet. When layered together the different colours show through creating a web like effect of different shapes and strands of paper. It reminded me of images of heart strings or muscle sinew, stretched out, creating holes. Placed on a black paper background intensifies the other colours. Placing on a light box did not have much of an effect as the light didn’t penetrate the different colours of paper as well as I thought it might. , I then used red, blue, yellow and green sheets of cellophane and cut out random circles and ovals in each. I layered them together which created different shades and variants of the original colours. I mounted this onto white A4 copy paper which enhanced the shape of the circles. Placed on a lightbox this piece looked particularly impressive with the different colours showing through created by the layering of the red and yellow and the blue and yellow. The colours and contrasts were bright and vivid. I then used the cut-out circles from the cellophane and mounted them in an overlapping pattern onto a clear piece of cellophane. Again, overlapping colours created new colours and darker and lighter shades. When placed onto the lightbox this really came into its own and became really quite spectacular to look at. It was jewel like and cast rainbow shadows onto the light box when lifted above it.

cut rectangles, layered A4 copy paper

cut circles, layered, A4 copy paper
Drawing through the holes into my sketchbook
Cut holes, layered, coloured paper
Cut holes, layered, cellophane

Further development on this project could include a larger scale cellophane piece to see the effect of light through transparent colour, projected onto a wall or floor space. Reverse applique techniques on layered fabrics to show shapes and holes, or transparent fabrics like organza or scrim to allow the shapes underneath to show through.

Project 2 tearing and cutting 

exercise five creating flaps

inspired by images on Pinterest I drew squares out on a piece of A4 paper approximately 3 cm x 3 cm. I then cut from each corner into the centre of the square creating a and ex cut. Placed on the light box these looked quite graphic and striking. I decided to add some colour. I chose three squares to highlight with different colours, one orange, one yellow, one light yellow, and placed these colours behind the three squares I’d selected. I then back to the piece of paper with a sheet of red paper so that the other squares were highlighted with red.laid next to each other without the light box behind the white paper, I prefer the coloured squares behind, but putting the white sheet on the light box really makes this design stand out and become quite a strong graphic look.

A4 copy paper x-cut flaps
A4 copy paper, x-cut flaps backed with coloured paper

I then experimented with a petal shape cut, creating a flower/ mandala look layered with different coloured papers underneath. Not as effective as the x-cut piece I don’t feel, it doesn’t stand out enough to me.

A4 copy paper, flower cut, layered with coloured paper

I wanted to experiment with circles again so decided to try a sort of moon phase look. I cut circle flaps going in different directions and then mounted black card stock behind. I really like this design, it stands out and has a quite geometric feel to it- it also reminds me of Oreo cookies!

A4 copy paper, circle cut flaps, layered with black card stock
Left over squares of foil and coloured paper mounted on card with folds

I then used up some foil squares and coloured paper squares from some of my other experiments and created flaps mounted onto white card by folding the squares and just attaching one side to the backing with glue. Nothing special really, but i like that they are ‘fake’ flaps.

Projects 2 tearing and cutting 

exercise six Tearing

Taking inspiration from Mathis Bengtsson’s layered art and from an online picture of a crystal geode (which is what I was reminded of when looking at Bengtsson’s work) I decided to create a layered piece using different colours of pastel paper. I drew a random shape on a piece of brown craft paper and cut it out. I place that on top of a piece of white copy paper and drew through the cut out. I then drew a line a few millimetres in from the drawn shape all the way around and cut that out. I repeated this process on different coloured papers until I could go no further. I then layered them up and glue them in place. This created a sample that to me, was reminiscent of the crystal geode or typography lines on a map. I had saved all the pieces I cut out, so I layered them on top of each other creating a type of reverse cut out piece. The lines were very clean and crisp so next I decided to do the same technique but to tear the cut-outs rather than cutting them with scissors. I used seven pieces of A4 white copy paper for this sample. I tore a large hole in the first piece and then carried on through the other sheets gradually making the hole smaller and smaller. This piece didn’t look like much until I laid it on the lightbox. The light shining through the layers created lots of different shades which enhanced the artwork and gave it a lot more detail. You could really see the rough, torn edges, giving it a more organic feel than the one I cut with a knife. I then coloured the torn edges with inks to highlight them in the hopes it would stand out better without the light shining through it. This did work but it is not as impressive as leaving it blank and putting onto the lightbox. The coloured edges look unnatural and messy. Again, I kept the pieces that I tore out and created a reverse layer which I also coloured the edges on.

Cutting decreasing shapes, layered up
Tearing holes in decreasing sizes then layered up

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