The time for that critical sorting.
Those samples that have potential. Those samples that have been exhausted of their potential or are not working. Many of the working samples are only such because of the steps that came before, but the learning has been done in the initial exercises so these samples are not failures, they have simply served their purpose and the work has moved on.
The size constraint of the blue bag is extremely effectual as a sorting device!
I went through each exercise sorting samples into those that still have working potential, and those that have fulfilled their purpose. Their purpose may have been to discover that a particular process didn’t work with that particular material, or the effect of the process didn’t inspire me, or the samples was so inspirational it jettisoned me on to far better and greater things.
Pj1: Ex 1: Linear Accordian pleats
Ex 5 & 7: Crumpling:
Keepers (interestingly all paper based)
Exhausted samples (all plastic):
Pj2: ex2: Cutting edges:
Ex 4 & 5 Cutting holes and flaps:
Pj3: Ex 2: Heat Gun:
Keepers (in contrast to above – the more plastic the greater the keep rate)
Pj4: ex2: Scratching:
There are a large number of exhausted samples from this exercise. They were all important steeping stones but either the material or process did very little to inspire me. The surface being a dry and unsatisfying alteration.
Pj5: Ex 1: Puncturing
My criteria for sorting have been to ask myself the following questions:
What is still working?
What feels new?
What still has potential to explore?
What is interesting?
What is effective?
What has potential quality?
All the keepers still interest me conceptually or visually. Each sample is part of my visual research, I may still loop back round on the samples exhausted so they are not rejects, however the keepers are bursting with further possibility at the moment. They still hold the magic ‘What if-ness’. What if this sample were bigger? What if this sample were in a different colour? What if this sample were layered? What if this sample were multi-processed?
At this stage I feel it is OK to still have questions. Answers would be too definitive and I understood this assignment as exploratory. I suppose the bottom line has been – which samples am I still curious about either singly or in combination.