This is the research I have collected for the digital process in week two.
We had a choice of four spaces to hang in. The main exhibition room, a few hallways or a stairwell. I was the most keen for the stairwell as I could see the kites looking the best in that environment however we would have struggled to hang with the high ceilings and concrete walls. In the end we decided to hang in the main exhibition space with everybody else.
We decided to hang on Friday before the project was due as everyone had been busy on Thursday. I supplied the nylon to hang the kites with and Deb, Sophie and I put the nylon on all the kites as Sonny had another commitment. He had been at Uni earlier that day and when we were there all together I had the idea to hang the kites in the order of the matariki cluster. The rest of the group agreed and we decided on that specific order. None of us had access to a ladder that day and the technician was not at Unitec so we were finding it very difficult to hang. In the end we decide to either come in on the weekend if we could or come in early on Monday morning before the project was due.
On Monday morning only Deb and I showed up at uni to hang. Sophie and Sonny could not be reached. We decided that rather than waiting we would begin to hang as we were running out of time to wait. We helped each other to hang the kites in the right positions and orientations. Sophie arrived a little later on and helped us to clean up the extra nylon on the kites and fix the hanging.
Overall I was not very happy with our project, mainly because I had no input into the final concept and was not too interested in the subject and what we were creating. I feel like the outcome has been satisfactory but in hindsight I think I would have preferred to either split the group or come up with a concept all together. However, I am happy with how the kites looked and how the end project emerged.
As we neared the end of our project we all continued to make our kites. I had already cut some feathers to use on my kite but after thinking about the design for a while I decided that using watercolor on the paper first to resemble rain was a better idea.
I created a sheet that was watercoloured and then drew feather outlines on the sheet. Next I spent a while cutting out the feathers, folding them down the middle and creating slits down the sides. I would then glue them in rows on top of each other on the kite to create a layered pattern.
After deciding to create Matariki kites we sat down to decide on what they would look like and what we needed to do.
We were told it would be good if they could fly, however we decided to just make them first to get the first step done and then we could consider it.
We created a few brainstorms which I have attached below where we figured out the shape of each kite and what would be on them, we then assigned a kite to each person to make. We created each kite to resemble each star and its properties in the Matariki cluster.
We then arranged to have some days where we would all come in to work on the kites together. Deb sourced the bamboo to use for the frames and then we went from there making the frames and the kites.
Our group consists of Sophie, Deb, Sonny and I. When we first met we decided to try and combine all of our individual projects into one concept. We came up with the idea of creating an interactive path where the viewer walked past four rocks, each rock would represent a different element (part of Deb’s idea). The rocks and the pathway was my original concept. We joined Sonny and Sophie’s ideas together and were going to have Maori designs that represented each element cut into the rocks.
After some thought and feedback we decided that the idea was too complicated and involved too many elements so we moved back to brainstorming.
We then thought we could maybe create just one rock along the lines of this image:
We wanted to do something similar to this but with paper and have the different colours that corresponded with the elements.
We thought that this would be our final concept. However when we had the next meeting where we had to present our ideas, that I couldn’t attend as I was unwell, our group decided to change our idea and do something more relevant to us and what is happening around us.
We decided to create some Matariki Kites after the star constellation and also because the Matariki festival was running that week.
After painting my project pieces I installed my sculpture in an empty room in one of the studios. From the start I had visualised my piece on a wooden floor so that was an essential component for creating the aesthetic I was aiming for. I spent a while figuring out how to prop each piece up with card as I had previously stood them up with masking tape but I now wanted something that was not visible from the front of the piece. Overall I am happy with the finished product and I think it perfectly illustrated the ideas I had about structure and layers and something organic and natural that changes with time.
I chose the contemporary arts practice within the brief. In terms of considering this practice and the prompts I had chosen I decided it was best for me to create a paper sculpture of some kind. I have been wanting to create something 3D for a while and this project seemed like it would translate perfectly into an installation. Most of the artists I researched such as Angela Glajcar, Kendall Buster and Noriko Ambe created 3D sculptures often from paper.
After finalising my concept I needed to make some decisions on how to construct it. I originally wanted to do something fairly large, but considering we weren’t going to be exhibiting our final project I decided to make something slightly smaller that I could easily install in a space I could find. For materials I knew paper wouldn’t work with the size I wanted to create so I considered some sort of cardboard. I tried cutting some card myself and decided that it didn’t have the finished look and texture that I wanted. Instead I opted to get my project laser cut from card after seeing a laser cutting from a classmates group project and knowing that I wanted that finish. Here is the template I created to become my laser cut project:
I decided on eight pieces of various sizes, Very similar to my concept drawing, so that when lined up you could see the different layers receding past each other and overlapping. After getting the shapes laser cut the first thing I attempted was seeing how they looked standing up, I had them all cut onto a piece of card slightly bigger than an A1 size.
I then decided that the shapes were too bland and didn’t say much as a piece, I had an overwhelming feeling that they were missing something. After some thought I decided to paint them white. I was originally going to spray paint them, however I decided that a lighter coat of acrylic that wasn’t fully white would have a more organic look.
After painting I felt that they were still not conveying the ideas that I had in my head. While having a conversation on the night I had painted them with my partner I had the sudden idea to include the image that had been the most influential on me while creating these. I found some topography images to use and decided to have them drawn on my pieces.
I spent a while deciding how to convey them onto my shapes in an effective way. In the end I decided to try a transfer using charcoal to trace the lines and then rubbing them onto my card, and if it didn’t work I could always remove the charcoal. I liked the effect and continued to create patterns all over my shapes. When I was finished I knew I needed to do something in order to solidify the topography patterns in a way that wouldn’t rub off. I decided the best way was to paint them. I tried to paint in a more organic way with a differing line quality and paint thickness to convey a more organic feel.
As our final drawing we were set to create a large scale drawing. I wanted to try something different and out of my comfort zone as drawing on that scale was out of my comfort zone as well. I decided to use acrylic as I don’t have much experience with the medium and it has been something I want to explore. I also decided to attempt to create a piece that was quite free flowing and organic to match what I wanted to convey with creating my sculpture. I drew this on an A1 piece of paper.