It is my 200th post – hoorah. Again, I share with you one of my own creations.
Below is a paper and fine silver woven ring I made, as one of quite a large group that evolved and developed, in first semester second year.
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(Sorry about the image quality – old camera, taken at the time, in 2005)
The project was ‘machinery’ or ‘mechanisation’ from memory… or something similar. I cannot remember now why, but I immediately gravitated towards weaving machinery that proliferated textile production during the age of industrialisation. I recall feeling an affinity with machinery that replaced traditionally female tasks – though later realised that weaving wasn’t necessarily a female-only domain.
In figuring out the technique to use with cloisonné wire, and to avoid wasting metal, I used finely cut paper as a mockup. My teacher at the time really liked the paper and encouraged me to explore the paper idea instead of the all-metal idea I was intent on pursuing.
It turns out I’m pretty stubborn (who knew!) and I kept on with my original idea of all metal components. However, over the month or two I was playing with this project, I tried the paper and metal combination and was won over.
This idea was further developed in later projects I’ll share another time; most especially, my piece for the upcoming ‘Feast‘ exhibition.