My sampling has led me to paper. I started by plying some paper yarn I made when I did City and Guild. It was too weak to knit or crochet, which is why I plyed it together. I tried to knit it, but it still snapped, so I crocheted it very carefully.I think this is too stressful to do anything with, though it was fun. Previously, I made some cord from strips of plastic bags, which I knitted.
I’m trying to create the feeling of bone, which is full of holes if you see it in close-up. In fact the structure is visible to the eye.
My next thought was to create a mesh, which I could dip into paper pulp. So out came the papermaking supplies. I soaked some old paper pulp in water and then dunked some chenille threads wrapped around a frame.Going clockwise from the top left are the original mesh, the chenille dunked in paper pulp, the dried paper and a close-up.
I wasn’t that keen on the chenille, but it was to hand and I quite like the result. While the chenille dried I used some vanishing muslin to make a net with white thread and once it was dissolved I laid it out and using the turkey baster squirted pulp onto the threadsLook at those gorgeous textures. It’s on top of a piece of handmade paper.
My next experiment was using wire. I wrapped a piece of wire I’d picked up in the street round my frame and dunked it in pulp.I love this, the texture and the delicious rusty colour. There are definitely some possibilities here, but I need to find some wire that will rust.
When all that was done I did some paper making with the rest of my pulp. I included some snowy glitter to look a bit like fish scales.This paper was made with pulp I’d dried out from a previous paper making session, which is why it has a rather blobby appearance as the pulp only dissolved partially. I stuck the blender in later to make a smoother consistency.
I also experimented with soluble paper and puff paint.Clockwise from top left – paper drawn on with puff paint and free machine stitching, dissolved, heated to puff the paint and a close-up. I was a bit impatient and scorched the paper. It’s qite fun, but a bit fiddly and hard to control.
My next experiment will be with paper clay I think, but I’m beginning to think that sooner or later I need to make something.