Having read through the brief, the decisions I made were through my research. The following exercises were the results of this.

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The stitches on both of the papers above, show very difference effects.
On the white paper the stitch is very visible by with the patterned paper the stitches almost disappear.
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Curtain hooks worked very well, giving some interesting texture. The hooks lay flat mostly against the card. The skewers didn’t go through the card very well as in places it went deep into the card but in places scored the surface.


Pegs were using to fasten card to card. This was a little more difficult than I had first thought, as the positioning had to be just right to catch the card. Overall it worked, but wouldn’t stay together if moved incorrectly.

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A toilet roll was cut down the centre and ‘tied’ with curtain hooks. The interesting thing that I learnt was that there is an array of things apart from the ‘normal’ fastening that is in everyday use.

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I like the split pins and elastic bands as the effect turned out better than I thought it would. It was extremely neat  as opposed to some of the other samples.

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This artist uses the split pins to create a piece of work that has texture and is possibly something that I could use. The art that I have been creating focuses on windows and wonder whether this could be used for reflections. Something to consider.

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I had thought the blister pack that was stitched would not have been a medium for art but after research discovered that this is not the case.

The artist Liz Lee created armor out of such a simple piece that otherwise would be assigned to landfill. This was quite surprising!


The interesting fact was the reasoning behind the creation. She based it on an elderly patient that had in later life developing emphysema, heart failure and a number of other things, through smoking. She calculated the amount of medication that he had between 72 and 77. With this in mind she sourced the blister packs and set about created the ‘armor’. I had a similar idea as I myself have suffered for years with depression and couldn’t hazard a guess as to how much I have had over 30 years. In using the blister packs, I wondered how they could be molded into a sculptural piece, possibly in the shape of a pill.

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Leather and felt was fastened together with sticky labels. Although this would not be stable, it creates interesting contrast between the shine of the stars, a subtle shine on the leather and matt of the felt. Due to the durability of this would not be suitable for further projects.

Again this was not particularly stable due to the base material and would tear easily.



The ceiling tile worked in the way that it was easy to manipulate and created a contrast in texture.

The hessian has subtle stitching, that does not show to well in the photo. The hessian has ruffled on the left side and looks like a tube. I feel that the sample may have been better if  the thread had been thicker.

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Scrim is threaded through scrim and shows some interesting qualities. The scrim does not lie flat and creates a shadow. I played around with the size as it seems to change the overall effect.

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Masking tape didn’t inspire much as it had no interesting features, although it did achieve the brief of joining unusual materials.

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Paper was used with sticky labels and were difficult to photograph. They worked well and although would be useful when designing a prototype.

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There is contrast between the colour of the two pieces of wood. One had been exposed to light bleaching the colour, leaving the other a darker colour. There is interest also in the beads chosen to wrap, which are square, so there is added shape. Although it wasn’t easy to wrap due to the smoothness of the wood it still gave an interesting composition.

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Hessian again was hard to photograph as was not as defined as other materials. Various compositions were tried and played around with the photograph changing the angle to see what the effect would be producing very different results.

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I decided to use one of the techniques from the previous exercises with negative space and shape. The split pins gave movement, but due to the square omitted looses strength.

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In this exercise I decided to use a glue gun I had purchased years ago and never used. The results of this far surpassed my expectations of its use.

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I was very surprised at how rigid the glue had made the previously very loose design. This is definitely something that I wish to explore further with other materials. It gave a different quality to the sample, showing light reflection and by adding the elastic loom bands, gave other areas of interest.

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The scrim and drawing pins were not easy to apply and moved across the wood. However these determined the positioning of the scrim, so highlighted the fact that the base material could help in the actual design even if by accident.

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The colour choice of the pipe cleaner was instrumental in bringing the two very different materials together. The actual shape of the pipe cleaner draws the eye to its pattern rather than starkness of the wood. Overall the samples produced some interesting samples and designs for future work.

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Hessian was used with leather thong.

Lollipop sticks and hessian give variation in texture. The sticks are smooth and contrast well with the grids of the hessian.


Silver card with a wave like pattern against handmade paper. I like the way the card contrasts with the paper, giving shine and matt appearance.

Thread was used showing a delicate application. I like the way it offsets and gives an insight into how it could be manipulated.

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By turning the sample upside down the composition changes drastically and gives a simpler feel on the second one.

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The first sample appears a little messy and no definition whereas although it is still messy, there is direction, contrast and movement within the second sample when using the doll hair as a ‘bridge’.

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I prefer the split pins when joining as it seems tidier. However the pinned samples have a better scope for placement, or maybe I am missing something.

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Extremely messy

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There is a lot of fluidity in these samples, which I find calming. This has generated an idea of many sample all interlinked, and could be adapted into a piece of clothing.


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By changing the direction of the toilet rolls, the composition alters from a flat image to a 3 dimensional one. The skewers and the shadows give a sinister feeling. There is a curve on the second photo that is not that evident in the first.


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I found with a number of the samples photographed that my camera made them extremely small. I was going to alter them, but felt that this could have been a lucky mistake, where I can learn from it.

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A traditional way of fastening wood with screws helps in making a flush corner, which is something lost in some of the others corners made.


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Although this is not a true corner, it gives an interesting concept of it. The roundness of the bag handle gives a softer appearance.


Tubes are made into a corner, although in the loose sense of the word. The string is the actual corner, but the illusion it gives works well.


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Using a planter lining with loosely woven thread showed differing results. The thread added dimension to the  corner whereas the zip ties made the corner fit snuggle together. I wouldn’t particularly change the way I did these as they seem to work well and achieved what I expected.



One artist that James Norton uses zip ties to create intricate sculptures. He creates internal and external space, by using objects within the structure. I find this quite fascinating to use such a simple idea. He draws his inspiration from nature. This is something that resonates with the work that I have created in this section. The initial idea of wrapping was something that I thought was a little pointless, but the samples created have been very inspirational. A similar thought had crossed my mind on the last section but was very surprised by the results.

I found researching that this can also apply to fashion, which is something not considered before. I was advised by my tutor that fashion is not part of the course, but for me I wanted to include in my blog as I am drawn to costume design as I explained in the previous assignment.

Emily Wainwright creates sculptural clothing. I particularly like this work as it is vibrant and creates movement. The possibilities on this are endless, and appears futuristic. I would imagine it wouldn’t be too comfortable to wear, however the impact it has visually and the uniqueness of it would make it marketable.

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Unfortunately I cant fine the name of the artist, but the blog that he has created he calls himself the ziptie guy.

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I cannot find any information on this artist, but find it quite beautiful. It is a bear, and appears a little surreal. It’s called a ‘Massimal. Hundreds of zip ties are intricately sculpted with lots of negative space.

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Tubes were joined using pipe cleaners. Although pleasing to look at it is not that stable as the cleaner could not be securely fastened due to the smooth surface.


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When using two cups, my first reaction would that it wouldn’t work, as its too simple. However, it created shapes, whilst keeping the initial idea of the cup. This highlights that even an everyday item could be transformed into a new idea.


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Christmas decoration with two pieces joined together.

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I quite like the way it photographed, as it gave an illusion of the shape of a house. Illusion seems to have played quite a part in the samples made and is something to explore

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A wooden spoon is covered with angora wool. I decided to play around the light and was somewhat pleased with the results as it alters the composition with the focus being directed to the light. The wool covers the spoon extremely well and still retains the shape.  This was how I expected it to turn out and I wouldn’t change it.

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Thin cotton was wound around the spoon retaining the shape. The way in which it was manipulated gave a elongated spoon in the photo. By changing direction on the spoon, the light changed direction. The colour was a vast contrast to the dark spoon.
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A plastic bag was chosen and cut into strips. whilst wrapping the plastic distorted and resulted in the plastic tightening with extra pressure.The plastic turned white in places where the plastic had outgrown its elasticity. And for some reason the first image looks smaller when photographed. I did think to rephotograph, but thought it was an interesting element of how we perceive things as opposed to how they are photographed.
The third spoon was covered completely but with additional appendages resulting in the shape changing, and almost evolutionary. The plastic was further altered with the use of masking tape, however this feels disjointed, and I am not sure if it is the colour or spaced shapes. Future designs could be achieved with further additions possibly with a wire frame.

A thicker wool was used and gave the spoon a softer feel both to touch and to look at, taking away the harshness of the wood. The light comes from the right hand side giving a shadowed edge to the other side. I felt this was successful, in altering a simple object whilst keeping the shape changing the feel of it. Further projects could incorporate numerous spoons attached giving 3D construction.

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Fishing line was used to wrap the spoon and gave a sense of movement. I didn’t feel it was as successful as some of the previous exercises. I think this may have been because I expected better results.
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As the fishing wire was not inspiring, wool was added to the spoon and was a better choice. Previously the lack of sustenance resulted in a spindly haphazard look. This seems a little more solid in application. There are solid and wispy areas, which gives a sense of spacial awareness. A change could have been a thicker wire, but would not have achieved the effect I wanted. I wouldn’t use this as it lacks body.


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Coloured yarn was wrapped tightly around the spoon, but wanted to change the shape further, by creating ridges. As this was how I envisaged the end result, I felt it was very successful. The shape was changed but is still recognisable as  a spoon. The second image shows the wool loosely wrapped which gives an interesting textural quality, with movement. Similar to a previous project, I might be inclined to use wire wrapped in wool with larger loops.

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Slightly altering the angle showed variation in the wrapping. Two different colours of cord were wrapped around the spoon. The spoon is still visible, but with the variation in cord makes the eye think there is movement upwards. The effect would not have been the same if a single colour was used. I like the colours and so a series of wrapped spoons, interlinked.
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A broken roman blind is taken apart and a piece used to wrap the spoon. These two compliment each other in place, but also contrast where the darker wood is. I like the way the direction is changed where the image has been turned upside down. Spoons could be wrapped in a similar way, but interlinked with various directions.

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Textured wool is wrapped around the spoon, but where the spoon dips has been covered extensively resulting in raising both the back and front of the spoon. This use of textured wool could further be advance with wool covering the whole of the spoon but with a more angular construction.

I decided to try cotton wool and foil. The spoon is completely covered, and is unrecognisable as there is no defining areas. Personally this is not inspiring as feels a little messy in application.

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PVA glue is poured onto a surface and left to dry. It is peeled off in strips and wrapped around the spoon. This worked better than I thought, as the PVA gave the appearance of a softer and more organic sample. Further exploration of the PVA would be advantageous, with larger and thicker strands.
The safety pins felt like it was lacking in something, possibly it could have been intertwined with another material for more sustenance.

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After the unsuccessful outcome of the last sample, I decided to team the safety pins with a piece of j-cloth. This worked better, with the safety pins becoming more obvious. It also changed the shape, so the basic shape has disappeared with only a glimpse. The second image is completely covered with a plastic open weave material. The shape of the spoon is again unrecognisable with the colours complimenting each other. With the mesh like fabric, cotton thread could be woven through and possibly leaving some loose.

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Using a zip wasn’t the easiest thing to wrap at first but after securing with elastic bands. The zip is ready to zip up but the way in which it is wound, would make it impossible but the element is still there.
Roses are used to cover the spoon, I prefer the one with the wool as it feels balanced. The second spoon the safety pins reminds me of sharpness and works well with the roses and the idea of thorns.
Both of these did not inspire further ideas as they were lacking in body.


By using a scarf as a wrapping, the spoon has vanished leaving just the scarf. There are interesting folds within the wrapping, created shadowed areas, and the fold in particular at the bottom creates a sweep to the left side. The eye is drawn to the left because of this and also the darker lines at the top left. I like this idea, as its simple and easily created. However don’t feel that it is particularly clever and prefer more decorative work.

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When using the tights on the spoon, it took on a totally different feel. I like the way the tights have spiraled around in the middle and where they are tied off, show very different results. There is a knot at the top of the picture, but it almost looks like a rosette at the bottom. Future ideas which tights, could be larger objects, being shaped totally in a spiral form, but not as one piece.

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This is something that i might incorporate into a piece in the future, as it gives movement within a piece of art.
The second picture the fabric of the tights goes up and down as opposed to the spiraling effect and finished with a cross of scrim. I particularly like both of these samples as they work well, showing how diverse the material can be.

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Further experiments with tights wrapped loosely add texture with ridges. The patterned onion bag was also wrapped loosely and gave a contrast to the ridges of the tights. This form could be used in clothing wrapped around the body.

The spoon is visible in parts of this sample and again take the harshness off the spoon. They also compliment each other, and I think this is due in part to how wood is associated with plants. I quite like the idea of floral arrangements with unusual items and something i will definitely explore.

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The spoon is tightly wound with red fabric and feather inserted. The head of the spoon is visible but the idea of it has changed immensely. Another uncomfortable sample reminding me of long thin claws. One idea would be to use concrete shaped as a bird, with feathers coming out at angles.

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By wrapping the ribbon around the spoon the spoon is still visible, showing movement and in the photograph almost looks like metal.

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Using textured wool, the spoon was completely transformed. The wool in the middle is wound very tightly,  and makes it look like a cheerleaders baton.  The second image again has altered from the original item. Both are very soft and here I have achieved the goal of change from a spoon giving the impression of a hand mirror.

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The voile wrapped around the spoon adds an almost surreal feel and I feel is one of my better samples. I like the way the object is hidden and not easily recognised as with the Christmas decoration.

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Overall the exercises with the spoon showed diversity. I feel the materials used were varied and produced very different results. Most of the samples made worked very well, with some of the simplest materials. The only sample that i felt was unsuccessful was the spoon with the safety pins, as it lacked any inspiration. I felt that I have achieved the brief on this well, although I was apprehensive as to whether or not this had a purpose, as with the previous assignment. However on reflection, the samples produced have highlighted varied differences in composition, whether shape or positioning. I do feel the colour has been explored better in this section and was something that was highlighted by the tutor feedback.


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A Barbie doll was chosen to be wrapped as could be posed in various positions. Initially I used thin hessian scrim. The doll was visible through the material. I thought perhaps that i could improve it, with an addition of a similar material, but decided against this.

The whole process of wrapping reminded me of Egyptian mummies, where the body was embalmed. The internal organs were removed through an incision in the left side. These were then placed originally in Canopic jars, but after tomb raiders destroyed them, the practice of removal was to preserve the organs and return them before the art of wrapping. The body was left in a salt solution.
Linen was used to wrap the bodies, but this was done for a few reasons, to hold the body together, to give deter moisture and the retain the shape of a body. As we can see below the wrapping wasn’t as random as some of the examples so far. In fact they were meticulously wrapped.
The detailed wrapping of a mummy's face at the Louvre

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A similar effect to one of the spoons, was the doll appears longer in the second photo, but maybe its an optical illusion. A heavier scrim was used but the effect this time was that it gave a coarser look and feel. I purposely left the hands out to show naked flesh as opposed to the almost masked body. The way the loose fabric is exposed gives a added dimension in the shape.

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More flesh was exposed with the body being folded in half. It is obvious this is a Barbie doll, but appears a little disturbing. Which is a possible reaction to how our body would appear if folded in half.

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The doll was again bent in half and covered with packaging wrapping. The shape of the doll is evident, but takes on a different uncomfortable feel. It reminds me of raw chicken, and looks a little slimy.

The artist Mathieu Frossard uses raw chicken as a reaction to the compulsion for fast food.

It certainly makes the point, as the feeling its give is of disgust. So here I feel the artist has achieved his goal of gluttony through his art,

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The doll is positioned with the arms out front and covered with packaging material. It was then bound with varied strips from a plastic bag. They show some interesting shadows and lines, which lacked in the previous samples. I quite like the way the plastic has stretched in place, giving thin strands.

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Newspaper is associated with wrapping, especially when packing for a removal. The first image was wrapped and random colour changes are evident, which detracts from what I know is underneath. The second image was left slightly unwrapped which changes the shape totally. I like the way the print is distorted, showing movement. I reversed the photograph to see the effect, which altered the focus of the eye.

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Electrical wire was coiled in the middle and randomly wrapped. I felt this was quite interesting especially on the second sample as it cocooned the doll.

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The Barbie doll was an interesting choice for wrapping as the shape of it, lent itself to various positions. I felt that all of the samples worked well, either with colour choice or materials. The only one that didn’t work was the ones that reminded me of raw chicken. However, that may be my opinion. I possibly could have thick wool to have completely covered the doll, giving an impression rather than actuality.

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Heavy scrim was used to wrap a crystal glass. The scrim was loosely woven and this worked well as it was easy to manipulate flaring the material.

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A glass is covered with light scrim. Initially the experiment still showed the glass, but it was obscured on the last image. It was interesting as with a number of samples that light and shadow is shown. The last image was successful in disguising the glass, changing it from an object we recognise to what looks like a piece of fabric.

Covering the glass with a packaging material an elastic bands obscured the glass totally, and was fairly non-descript in its appearance.

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A skull ornament is wrapped and the photography is manipulated to show a portion of the skull. This I quite like, as dimension is something that I haven’t played around with before.

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This second set of photographs, changed very little, but the results were that the second image became smaller. This reminds me of a pirate with a headscarf on as shown below.
Johnny Depp On stranger tides.

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Further experiments with a skull and scrim revealed an interesting pattern. This could be possibly used for a hat. I was particularly pleased with the movement revealed in these images.

Wrapping skulls is an art form that the Mangbetu people in Africa use as a traditional art. Babies heads are bound to elongate the head. Something people in the Western world would be horrified by. But is classed as a thing of beauty and of status. The heads are bandaged to create pressure on the infantile head, creating a deformation of the skull. Personally I find it offensive and cruel.


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A toilet roll is cut into a spiral and wound around a screwdriver and only the ends are shown. This is interesting and works well as it changes the shape of how the screwdriver usually looks.

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Electrical wire was chosen to cover the screwdriver as i wanted an associative element.  It reminds me of an elongated hand grenade, however not really sure why. The wire is tight in places but looser up the handle and the emphasis on the handle is taken away from the original purpose to the made ‘handle’. It works in the way, it is almost unrecognisable as a screwdriver and takes on the feeling of a vessel with a handle.


Packaging material completely covered the screwdriver and gave a pleasing pattern with the elastic bands.

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The wire is they wrapped randomly around some pheasant feathers. The results are interesting and where the wire is snakes around gives a feeling of movement. Zooming in and turning the image upside down changes the composition of the sample and direction of how it looks.

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The kebab sticks did not work too well as it looked weak. The colour detracts from the Sellotape and feels disjointed. The flowers wrapped in hessian, seemed to compliment each other drawing the eye to the flower heads making them the focus, so works well.


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Again a toilet roll is cut into a spiral and wrapped around the scissors. The handle is still seen, but the overall effect is that the scissors take on a new element. Instead of the sharpness of the scissors, the focus is now softer and more organic.

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Scrim is used to wrap the scissors with a glimpse of the handle. Again the scissors look softer. Packaging wrapped around the scissor retained the shape of the scissors and is still slightly visible.

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The scissors were covered in a hessian liner used for a hanging planter. It was slightly unnerving with the sharp end pointing out, giving a sinister feel. The liner was coarse in contrast to the smooth edge of the scissors.
The scissors were then covered with weed and a piece of Venetian blind. They are virtually hidden with just a hint of them seen. The overall effect was a little messy, but there is a little order where the blind is seen.

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A Dock leaf was used with a pair of scissors and whilst the first image shows most of the scissors the second is partially hidden, this was due to the angle of the camera. There is a lot of negative space, which adds contrast with the background of the paper and the leaf. There is interest in the leaf pattern, but its the scissor pattern that stands out.

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Scissors were put into a bag very loosely, but nothing notable to report.
The scissors were teemed with balloons, it was a little surreal, but organic at the same time.


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The scissors here are covered in wool, whilst in the first image the point of them are visible the overall effect seemed messy. Although further experiments could be attempted, as the organic nature of the wool gives depth and ‘pattern’.

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A pint glass was covered with a spiral made from a toilet roll. The effect was not as I hoped and fairly unsuccessful. I think this was due to the shapes were not too defined. The only thing that i found interesting was the way the line of the background cuts through the glass and is distorted.

I thought it would be interesting to do a photo frame but it felt a little limiting with how many times it could be wrapped. However, this sample gave an interesting feature, where there is a hint of frame to the one side, but leaves the other untouched. It would be interesting to add a photo and see how it blurs an actual picture.

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Sellotape was covered with packaging material and wool. The basic shape can still be seen which is the focus for the eye. The packing material is shiny in comparison to the wool. The materials used are very subtle in colour, but the addition of the wool makes it appear softer. I could image numerous rolls, added together to form a ‘window’ using acetate.

Packing materials are used with strips from a plastic bag to cover sellotape. The shape that was made reminds me of a lemon. There is an impression of the sellotape which I quite like. The notion of what lies beneath to paraphrase.

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Using a toilet roll  cut into spirals, the sellotape is barely seen. I particularly like the results from this, as they appear ball shaped but with interesting shapes. Hanging balls using this technique, suspended from a ceiling. This could have ‘hidden’ objects within, with a connected theme.

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The sellotape is almost totally visible. Wool is wound around and shows elements of space. By changing the angle and slightly zooming out alters the perception of the roll. Again these could be suspended. but if I were to use, I would have a metallic ring with metallic thread.

By wrapping ribbon around the Sellotape and wrapping with cord almost looked like a buckle. It reminds me of a Christmas decoration. Interlinked rings could be used to make a ball and something I like.


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By wrapping sellotape with a hanging basket liner and hessian, the shape is totally disguised. I quite like the wrapping and almost looks stone like.

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Brown paper was used to wrap a glass in different formats. The results produced areas of interest where the  paper folded into the glass. It created folds where light and shadow are created showing depth. I don’t feel this was the best sample, as it just reminded me of storing items and not as a piece of art.

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These examples were a little more interesting as there was a void in the centre where the mouth of the glass was. The beaded corded added interest as opposed to the scrim on the previous sample that seemed a little flat. This example showed light, shadow and movement. I turned the glass upside down and the eye is drawn up to the ‘top’ of the glass, whereas the first sample the eye is drawn straight to the void.

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A Vase was used with hessian cross stitch fabric, which was quite stiff in its construction and secured with safety pins. The shape was determined by the stiffness of the material, and although the vase can be see slightly the emphasis is on the shape. I played around with the orientation of the shape, which altered how it is seen. The shapes on the first sample were more evident on the top of it, however on the second the shape covered the entirety of the vase with a glimpse of it.

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Sequin scrim was used to cover part of the vase. The first picture shows less of the vase, but I think this is because of the angle of the camera. I like the way the triangular shape is cut out. This reminds me of sails on a sailboat.

Both pictures gives very different results, and proves how valuable a camera is in research. As if I were to draw something, there would be one copy and by altering the angle, can produce totally different results.

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Experiments with a weed and a piece of Venetian blind were fairly successful. There were variations in the covering of the vase, with the first having the bottom being exposed with glimpses of the top. The direction of this was upwards, but the second the opposite of this occurred. The second picture the emphasis was on the top and goes downwards. I like the way the blind has crossed in the middle separating the two green variations. The brown compliments the green with the shape of the vase and the positioning of the leaf, gives a sense of direction especially in the second picture.

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A Dock leaf was used to wrap around the vase, but the void of the vase is the focus on all of the samples. However, the holes in the leaf add interest. This is obviously where insects have eaten the leaf, and there is also a brown patch where the surface of the leaf has been destroyed. There is a lot of movement within the examples and variation in shapes. Going back to the paper cutting of the last assignment, shows that holes can be just as interesting as the ‘fabric’ itself. It is very organic and like the fact that its natural and a lot can be learnt from nature itself.

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By using red lace there was a contrast in colours. By using the camera, just slightly moved the second image seems bigger, but I think it is just an illusion, where the mind is playing tricks. The lace covers the majority of the vase and seems divided. The holes in the top are unevenly done, giving a lip to the vase. By turning the vase it creates a totally different illusion and looks like the bottom of the vase is separate from the lace and is perched on top.

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The balloons covered the majority of the vase and was successful in the way that it made it almost abstract. The overall effect of this would lend itself to a larger construction possible with some blown up balloons for added interest.

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I quite like these samples, as the vase (which isn’t too nice) is covered with tights and gold lame cord is wound tightly. The shape of the vase is retained when changing direction, but looks very different. By adding the onion net, the vase takes on a mushroom shape with texture. The shine of the lame against the matt of the tights works well as a contrast.

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I am very pleased with the outcome of all of these.    The vase has made a huge transition, from the initial shape, colour and composition. I like the way the scrim has offset itself in the second image, with a hint of the scarf pushing through. The shapes within the scrim make a good addition to the circle of the vase. This may be worth looking at in the future of using negative space to push things through.

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Playing around with perspective has been interesting throughout this exercise, as it has enabled me to widen my knowledge of composition, somewhat lacking in the last course. I feel able to experiment without being afraid of failure, which is something that I have learnt by taking on this course and probably wouldn’t have attempted if I had not be encouraged, which in the long run would have left me with many lost opportunities and discoveries.

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A balloon was chosen with tights to see what the effects it would have with quite surprising results. I knotted the one end and unconsciously put the knot the opposite end of the knot of the balloon which balanced the balloon. The appearance was a little odd almost like a cocoon.

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Further experiments with the addition of leafs, made is almost alien like and changing the direction altered my perception of it. It felt uncomfortable to look at, I am not sure why but felt it looked unnatural, as I could see ‘faces’ within.
The balloon now mostly visible took on an appearance of part of the leaf, almost like the stamen to the ‘flower’.

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The balloon was covered in onion skin and takes on a very strange look. Again similar to a cocoon. Although I find it disturbing, there is something quite interesting about the organic feel of it.

I find the balloon produced the most interesting ideas, but I would imagine it would be time limited due to the very nature of it. This could be overcome by using paper mache or filling the balloon with concrete in the shape of the balloon and painted.
I did find an interesting cocoon by Lucy Rees but unable to post due to copyright.     Cocoon
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Wrapping the balloon with lace, altered the feelings that I had previously encountered, from disturbing to sexual. Although the cocoon element is still there, with the lace there is a sexual connotation.

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The wool covered the balloon in an interesting pattern, but this was enhanced by the texture of the wool. This would make an interesting light, but couldn’t use a balloon for safety reasons. Possibly a shell could be created out of plaster of paris or porcelain, wrapped in wire for sustainability.


Adding the balloons was messy and didn’t work as well.

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PVA glue was dripped onto plastic and peeled off and wrapped around the balloon. It didn’t photograph well but the results surpassed what I thought it would be, as it seemed quite surreal. Wrapping hair bobbles around the balloon gave the appearance of a little animal.


Wrapping the balloon with tissue paper and a bow, makes you wonder whats underneath, my imagination thinks of a head as the balloon shape has disappeared. An interesting concept for wrapping and making people guess whats beneath.

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The first image was a little messy and uninspiring. The second image was one of my favourites again feeling like a cocoon and the use of a shiny balloon against the textured soft wool was appealing. This could be used as an egg and if a number were created and placed in a ‘nest’ of twigs could be interesting.

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This was uninspiring, due to the balloon being visible and didn’t sit well. The only thing I can say about this, is that the colours worked together and there was a contrast between the matt of the balloon and the shine of the scrim.

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The colours of these sample all worked together. This other I notice is that they have different lines, horizontal and grid like.

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Adding the lace, changed how the balloon is seen, with a textured element, and could be adapted to any shape.



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Masking tape and handlebars



Handlebars and kitchen roll

Handlebars and masking tape


Handlebars, newspaper and wool


Handlebars covered in foil and a knitted scarf


handlebars and roofing felt strips


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The handle bars of a Harley Davidson were covered with varying materials, but the shape was retained. It was limited in technique

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Headlight wrapped with cord and newspaper and then roller blinds

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headlights wrapped in foil and knitted scarf

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Headlights wrapped in scarf and foil

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headlights wrapped in Christmas decoration

During this part of the course, I have learnt some interesting techniques, with lots of happy mistakes, that have led to a greater understanding of what I am trying to achieve and how to go about it. It has allowed me to grow as a person and constantly looking for the next possibility. I look around the house and think of how I could transform something into a piece of art.


Author: huggywitch

I have been doing textiles for a number of years and recently started my degree. I have always had an interest in theatre costume design and this is where my passion lie.

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