Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Progressing.

Lots of pictures and not so many words today as I begin to explore ideas for my MA practice.
Continuing from my initial ideas, I cut more leaves...


gradually expanding the cut sections


to create a lace like structure.


I notice the shadows.


And play with the light to create a lace shadow.


I cut more... and used them as a stencil to print patterns in my sketchbook.


And then used a photocopy of the resulting print as a template to cut out some lacy pages


And loved the way they looked when only partially cut.


And loved them even more as I pulled apart the layers and could see through the holes to the layers underneath.... revealing and concealing.


And thought about the possibilities of this on a larger scale.


I sprayed one of the pages black and liked the way it looked when positioned slightly out of register with the white page. Again, seeing through to layers beneath.


And even the newspaper that was protecting the floor becomes interesting with partially revealed text.


Meanwhile, the original leaf has started to dry out and curl up, creating more possibilities.


So many ideas, so many starting points, I'm not sure where to go next.

36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. I am so jealous of the space to play

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  2. Wherever it is, keep going. I think the shadows are a great avenue to explore, the layers too.You could have great fun playing with different light sources and materials. Hard and soft etc and the idea of mapping the slow decay and curl of the leaf is a book in the making isn't it?.... or a stop frame video speeded up.... or.. or.. over to you Wonderwoman!

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  3. wonderful ideas coming from this.

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  4. Wonderful, I love the black and white one.

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  5. These are amazing Gina - what a fantastic jumping off point for your work. The cuts are so intricate and precise. As you say, there are so many possibilities but I know you'll come up with something wonderful.

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  6. Fantastic graphic work! I'm such a sucker for maple leaves. I miss them so much.
    xoxo Kim

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  7. Brilliant! I love the partially revealed text on the newspaper. Certainly no shortage of ideas here!

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  8. Very cool - I love the layers upon layers of cutouts. It must take an absolute age to do all the cutting, such patience!

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  9. The essence of creativity ... I had to leave a comment and tell you what a really lovely post I found this, Gina. Take care :) x

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  10. Exciting stuff! Especially to someone already hooked on shadows :-)

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  11. Wonderful! You do the experimenting, then we can explore for ourselves too!

    As if I haven't got enough 'stuff' whirring around in my head!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful week,

    Sandie xx

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  12. Fabulous work Gina, love the layers and the partially cut one. Really looking forward to seeing where this takes you.

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  13. Loving the lacy leaf shapes - great to see how your idea developed. Nice work! :) x

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  14. Exquisite ideas! That is the wonderful thing about postgraduate work - lots of avenues to explore and think about.

    Pomona x

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  15. Love the ideas your cut work is producing, particularly the shadows.

    x

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  16. I love maple leaves, love the cutwork, the shadows, all!

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  17. How very interesting to see your progress. I do like your lacy leaf a lot and the shadows it creates. I also like the black off-set with the white. Amazing where one's ideas travel.

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  18. How come I never think to do things like that. A really fantastic effect.

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  19. I've said it before but I'm so impressed by your care and precision with cutting. Lots of yummy ideas there Gina.

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  20. Wow Gina -- those leaves are amazing! I've loved seeing what you do with them -- very, very creative!

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  21. Fascinating work Gina. The scope is endless!

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  22. Wow! Such amazing work - you're a very clever lady.

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  23. Beautiful progression of work Gina!

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  24. I love your cut leaves and look forward to seeing what you're going to do with them next - no pressure though!

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  25. Looks to me you know exactly where you are going Gina! Beautiful work, especially the leaf.
    Vivienne x

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  26. How fascinating it is to see the creative process step by step. I do admire the confidence with which you explore each new idea and the way you develop the possibilities beyond anything that I could imagine.

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  27. Oh Gina these designs are so beautiful. I love what you did with the leaf and the fact that it echoes a skeleton leaf.

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  28. Absolutely beautiful Gina, and such patience!

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  29. Wonderful how you go through the process of creation.
    I love how you say - I notice - and then that triggers you to do something - and then you notice something else - and so you do something else.

    Great post, and so glad to see that you are working towards an MA now. Wow.

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  30. Amazing! Really exciting work. I love leaves, and look where this has led you! Congratualtions!

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  31. Hi Gina,

    There is a wonderful lace exhibition at Birmingham art gallery you should visit.
    I have also seen an artist who cuts amazing landscapes into leaves.
    If you google leaf art images you should find it.
    M x

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  32. This is absolutely beautiful! you have created some amazing patterns and textures. Love it!

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