I mentioned in the last post that I found an interview with Edmund de Waal very inspiring, and I have been working a little more on that what I had in mind then.
If you don’t know his work, have a look at his website. You’ll find some slideshows with beautiful pictures there. I wish I could go and see some of his work in person. Apparently “another hour” is for display in London in Southwalk Cathedral at the moment, and he will give a talk on Sunday. – But I don’t think I will be able to make it, having to complete a commission and all. I am tempted, though,…
In the meantime I found a bit of time to make a first trial of what I had in mind after seeing the video. It is not quite what I am after, but I am rather satisfied, and might continue working toward something here. (Not sure I want to abandon my other two projects yet again, though.) Well, here are some pictures:
The general idea was to have the same shape in white gesso on a darker paper and add pencil or ink drawing of a pot or bottle that fills this shape. Each one would be very similar and yet different. Maybe, I thought, I’d smear the ouline or the gesso for some of them. On that sketchbook page, as well as on some that followed, I was searching for the basic form I wanted to use.
It turned out I liked several of the forms, but foremost the simple straight vase and the bottle with the long neck.
So the next step was to cut stencils of these shapes. I used a clear plastic sheet for the stencil. I kept loosing the clear stencils on my table. So I marked the outlines and the cutout with (supposedly) permanent marker. I like the look of marking this negativ space so much, that I immediately started on another small book for which I want to use the cut-outs as block-outs, but that is a different story and will be told at another time.
As indicated above, the blue colour was not permantent and came off when I brushed gesso over it. At first I was alarmed, but it turns out I rather like the result of the ever darker blue pots.
As planned I then sketched pots over the gesso’d shapes. I used a pencil but that was another accident because I just couldn’t find my pastels and coal. Well here’s a shot at the finished booklet:
So, where will this go? I don’t know yet. Maybe I will improve the design here and there and make a small edition from this. Maybe I am done with it here and now.
By the way, there is another book project for which I started to upload images with small captions on ipernity. Click here to see the first one. – Enjoy!