So I have survived another week at university! Last week we were out and about drawing and photographing bits of architecture around Wrexham, and I did a bit of drawing at home as well. This week we have been abstracting parts of our drawings and then 'drawing' in 3 dimensions with wire. The brief was to create a form from wire and tissue paper which would work well when lit.
The piece of 'architecture' I decided to use as a starting point was a bridge in my local park. I really like the curves, especially from this angle where they look like they are one inside another.
I have to say I really struggled at first with 'drawing' freehand with the wire. I love the loose scribbley style that some people achieve doing this but it just doesn't seem to work for me.
After several false starts I started to form some nice smooth(ish) curves around a mandrel, and the taper of the mandrel enabled me to make each one smaller than the last - a bit like a tapering slinky! Fixing these together on one side let me fan them out.
And then on to the tissue paper - here I was in my element - well, it's practically fabric, isn't it? I decided I had 2 choices, cover between the rings to end up with something like a snail shell, or cover across the flat of each ring. So I did both.
I made several units and put them together. In fact I had a bit of a production line going and ended up with three pieces instead of one. And here they are with the light - it's all about the shadows really.