This Part of the course is about creating new surfaces, molding a material by using surfaces with texture, and casting into a flexible material, with further processes to develop the results of both.
This is a huge field with many possible materials available and I suspect new and improved products coming onto the market frequently. It will take some time and research to identify and source some good candidates. First I want to consider what I already have, including some materials already used earlier in the course.
Polymorph plastic pellets
PVC board – James Jet workshop
In the Experimental Collagraphs workshop with Jet James (16-July-2015) we created texture on pvc board using the pressure of the printer roller. This technique uses solid texture sources on a solid material so doesn’t fit with the more liquid molding and casting materials in this Part. Overall the method would be better explored within Part 4 which looks at mono and collatype printing. However I think there is potential for creating a mold that is used for casting. If I want to make a plaster block with say texture from heat-treated organza, one way would be to imprint the texture on pvc board and use that to build a mold.
This seems an ideal opportunity to explore further.
Casting in kinetic sand
Shrink wrap mug
It’s definitely something I want to take further.
A few years ago I spent a day at Primrose Paper Arts (29-May-2011). As well plain sheets of paper we experimented with pressing objects into the damp sheets – not only as inclusions in the final paper, but for form and texture. I don’t have a photograph of my efforts shaping the paper around … I think it was wire racks. Fortunately just a few days ago I went to an exhibition by Primrose Paper Arts – I’ll show more in another post. Currently I don’t feel a strong pull towards this particular material / technique mix.
Having taken stock of existing materials and interests, I’ll move on to wider research.
T1-MMT-P3 Molding and casting – Initial Research
Textiles 1 – Mixed Media for Textiles
Part 3: Molding and casting