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Portals Project: day 3

October 20, 2011

Today was a paper testing day. Since I have only produced three sheets of the coffee dyed paper I wanted to use some of the heavily textured (& no coffee) paper as a trial for gluing techniques.

Back in August I created a “panel” to demo my concept. Now that the main work is in progress, the panel has become an excellent test unit. I curved it to fit around several tea candles and covered it with sections of paper & PVA glue.

close look at an opening

A look at the back

Closer look at the stitched area.

So far I think this will work with the new structure. I’m intrigued by the crinkled texture of the paper and how it makes me think of intestine, but more durable than the hog gut available.  There is a coat made from intestines in the Jensen Arctic Museum collection that reminds me of this appearance. The stitching was inspired by a jeweler. Actually there have been several works I’ve seen of late with interesting stitching… I think the portal piece just might have some too.

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