so. for my third installation project, i’m working with text. oh. i suppose that’s been my game all along, hasn’t it? this time, however, i’m working with it as a 3d material. you all know from one of my last posts that i’m slightly obsessed with papercutting, paper crafting, paper everything. i decided to try my own hand at cut paper, so i went out to my local utrecht (thank you 10% student discount), purchased a swivel x-acto knife and fancy cutting board, grabbed a roll of white easel paper and headed on home to my kitchen table work space.
this will be super easy, right? i so naively thought to myself. after my first few tries and the first few pangs of a cramped hand, however, i started to get a good rhythm. and then it just started to click. and then it started to look gorgeous. i mean, i don’t mean to toot my own horn, but the result is just fascinating – the paper ends up looking/feeling like lace, and the shadows that the lines create are lovely, ephemeral, delicate. it’s the shadows that i’m after, actually, in the final piece, but really, i couldn’t have been more pleased with the visual in general.
the only thing that slightly irks me is the presence of the graphite on the paper. i could not for the life of me figure out how i could cut out my writing without a guide right there on the paper (if i had a light table, it might be a different story). does anyone have suggestions for the future? fortunately, since the actual installation piece will be much larger and i just so happen to go to a pretty sweet art school, there are tools/machines like fancy laser and plotter cutters that will cut the shapes out for me, so i won’t have to worry about the graphite on the final piece. but in the meantime, with x-acto in hand, i’d like to come up with a way of getting this desired effect without the guide… and i have a feeling that erasing it post-cutting would just tear the thing into pieces.
i also love what happens to these discarded pieces of the papercut – they’re so sweet, like tiny waves floating suspended on their own. i’ll continue sharing the stages to this final project, and i hope you enjoy the process as much as i do!