My work: ‘Nana’s Trifle Recipe’

29 12 2009

In my last post on my ‘Feast‘ pieces, a little more detail on the second piece in the series ‘Nana ALWAYS brings the trifle‘: ‘Nana’s Trifle Recipe‘.

I’ve written before about how I came to weave paper and silver here; and for me it’s almost a way of preserving the paper and making it more precious.

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This piece was woven from an A5 piece of note paper my Nana wrote her trifle recipe on – you can see the blue pen writing and that the back of the note paper was pink with a hot pink edge. I cut the paper into four strips initially, each about 5cm wide, and then cut 1.5mm strips into each of these. I started with the first group, and as the weaving came to the end of that paper, spliced in the next group, and so on. In the end, the woven strip was about 5cm by about 70-75cm (I started with 80cm of paper, but it ends up a bit shorter due to overlap when splicing and weaving around the silver).

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The above image shows that the shape is held together with a silver pin, the shape of a bobby pin (which I actually was using during the initial decision-making stage) but with a loop on the top. This isn’t permanently fastened, so the piece can be repositioned and reshaped at will, as long as it can then be re-secured with the pin.

It can be worn as a brooch (above), which I like to think of as a ‘corsage’ given it references my Nana; or the pin removed and slipped on to a necklet (below).

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Previous post on ‘Feasthere

Update (30th December): next post on ‘Feasthere (and I promise, it’s the last!)…



3 responses

29 12 2009

Beautiful! love the first pic where Nana’s handwriting is most evident. Most evocative…

29 12 2009

Thank you lovely! It was surprisingly difficult to capture the writing – it’s more obvious in person than in photographs.
I am excited about having the piece home soon, so I can wear it!

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