Last two samples forming corners and angles.
I’ve been trying to consider how to make these corners that are curves that are true to yesterday’s discovery of ‘horn’ – I can now see the resemblance- corner- cornucopia – cornet-
…paper rolls into cones – cornets, the base point flattened and bent up like a portion of chips. I made these out of the sacrificial dictionary – noticing that I had torn into Mercer – mercerised (that textile process) by coincidence. These have created one line to be joined to another. I punched holes in the base because I’ve been considering welding.
What can you weld? Steel. Copper is brazed or soldered. Iron – cast iron needs to be heated first before a weld would work. I asked Mr Man which came first: welding or metal hulls. Then I learnt what may seem obvious to the rest of the world but was not to me until this point: metal was riveted together before the invention of electricity – because welding requires electricity. Riveting requires at least two individuals working in unison and precise rhythm and also requires heat. Think of all those rivets in the Victorian bridges – every single one worked by hand. Every single one!! Imagine Tower Bridge constructed April 22nd 1886 – 2 million rivets! I can only visualise the labour and process involved as not too dissimilar to the roving with copper used on a wooden boat.
All this was going through my mind – I chain stitched a length of paper raffia and threaded this through the punched holes connecting all the paper cornets – I had a feeling of nailing and stitching. Playing with how the cones fall when the sample is flat and suspended created many different effects. I most enjoy how this sample 5 works when the raffia is pinned vertically and allows the piece to free fall.
Sample 6 evolved from considering how I could use crochet to join a corner. If you crochet into the back loop it allows the fabric to fold up at a right angle – or close to- if I varied the yarn that was used for the crochet then two materials could be connected using this process. I chose the fibrous raffia for my first two rows – interestingly the fabric immediately started coiling.
I decided to use a thick string to crochet the next row through the back loop to create the turn and angle and see what effect this had on the spirals (which sent my mind back off to Fibonacci and phyllotaxis – those Nautilus shells and pine cones – perhaps last weekends ammonite fossil find had been stirring into my sub-conscious – but i chose not to pursue this line of enquiry as it is something I have seen explored ad infinitum – I’m after something new to me).
This made the angle of the spiral curl further. To force this cornering and change of direction I took a length of the craft wire and crocheted through the back loop with this.
All the while those sayings buzzing through my mind: turning a corner, never know what’s round the corner, back oneself into a corner, be in a tight corner, distant corners of the World, from the corner of my eye, – corners in language usage seem akin to blindspots and difficult places – but in creating I’m finding they are places where the eye simply changes direction – and they do not have to be perpendicular!
This is the essence of joining to create corners that I will take away and explore in the last section of this project.
I am left with an interesting sample 6 that has many points of balance and pivot – is a pivot a corner too?
The light is failing me – so for daylight tomorrow!