PAPER WEAVING EXPERIMENTS
This project was a lead-up to my BA project.
Setting up a loom is quite time-consuming, and so I wanted to experiment with color and different weaving constructions before settling on specific colors and a certain technique for an actual loom.
The colors that I've used are derived from Walton Ford's book Pancha Tantra. I found this book a unique and interesting starting point due to it's diverse and colorful palettes, together with the imagery and the quite masculine features that animals presents, here being: strength, maliciousness, unpredictability and a sense of humour.
With the paper experiments I tried different compositions both color- and weave-wise in order to see how far I could push it, while still being able to see the colors within a masculine setting.
A later discovery within my BA project was that it's really the individual perception and certain setting that decides weather something can be considered masculine or feminine!
BEFORE I COULD START
Before being able to make the actual woven experiment I did physical watercolor swatches with remazol powder to match the colors of the Walton Ford images and then matched these afterwards with colors found on the computer.
A somewhat time consuming yet interesting work to understand how colors work within both additive and subtractive color methods.
TOOLS AND TEXTURE
After printing out sheets of colored paper I used an office shredder to get thin and even strips of paper.
Weaving with textured paper to add a sense of roughness and a more tactile look and sensation.