(Paper Learning Log Pages 33-36)
Spoon 1 – wrapped in an even and progressive way starting at the bottom – very neat and even but frustrating at the top of the spoon where wrapping in an even circular motion caused the yarn loops to slip off the end. Resorted to criss-crossing the yarn and using some stitch. Wound back down the handle unevenly to criss-cross the end of the spoon handle so no wood was visible. Easily recognisable as a wooden spoon wrapped with yarn.
The variegated, brightly coloured acrylic yarn is fun, offers visual interest with frequency of colour change and texture increased by the crossing slightly more uneven diagonal wrapping on top of the straight wrapping.
Spoon 2 – Started at the bottom and wrapped in an even progressive way initially then created shape by wrapping more densely in some areas. Used some criss-crossing and minimal stitch at the ends to hold the yarn. Surprised and pleased with the bulbous sections along the handle. It has a sculptural look about it, although still bears slight reference to a wooden spoon.
Spoon (wooden spatula) 3 – Developing dense wrapping in some areas to create shape, the spatula has been well disguised by the green and yellow acrylic yarn. The shapes created have been successful, particularly the drumstick at the end of the handle. For a secure wrap at each end of the utensil, a straight wrap is unsuitable and criss-crossed diagonal threads are more efficient.
Exploring different materials, a smaller plastic spoon was wrapped in string. Enjoyed the qualities of these materials, transforming an unattractive plastic spoon into something more visually appealing and tactile. The sisal gives a bumpy, hairy, outline to the spoon, adding tones and shadow to the form.
A second spoon was wrapped in pale brown tissue and string and a third wrapped densely to create shape. Love the clean lines of shadow on the unwrapped plastic spoon and the contrasting bumpy shadow of the wrapped spoon. Having made a neat wrapping of the densely wrapped spoon below, it proved difficult to secure the string which repeatedly unravelled. The tight wrapping on the string is effective, retaining the shape of the spoon and improving its appearance. The tissue and string spoon was easier to finish neatly.
Hand dyed fabric torn into strips and bound with paper covered wire was bound around a wooden spoon previously used for dyeing. The wrapping of the fabric could be improved upon, the paper binding needs to be denser to compress the fabric a little more. The combination of the dark wine fabric with the buff paper is good and complements the stained spoon.
The same spoon wrapped in some unusual tubular yarn held in place with free machined cord. Overall this was less effective, the top of the spoon as photographed was more attractive than the whole!
The smaller plastic spoon was wrapped in cream merino wool tops with a contrasting band of charcoal wool prepared for felting. The wool tops were difficult to fix and unravelled without additional binding. The combination of materials is promising.
Linen thread was used to bind, creating greater interest, the crossing of the thread provides more energy, the bulging wool tops add texture and a bumpy profile, and a more appealing shadow.
The same spoon was loosely wrapped in wool tops, then with added thread, provided a good disguise. I like the loose wrapping and white thread when compared with the other spoon, but don’t think it is sufficiently interesting to stand alone. The addition of black linen thread, looped around the form is an improvement.
The wooden spoon was wrapped in fruit net and a fine wire. Although I like the qualities of the net and curly lines of the wire but in practice, more so than the photograph, the materials don’t complement one another or the spoon, the wire is too fine and difficult to see.
With the following spoon, I was trying to combine the pink tissue paper crumpled in part one with string and it was proving difficult. The tissue became much more manageable when torn into strips and twisted between the thumb and first finger as if spun. I was quite excited by the qualities of the ‘spun’ tissue, having toyed with the idea of trying to spin paper and recycled plastic with a drop spindle and may have to give it a try. The combination of the paper and string is appealing but quite similar to previous experiments.
Below was started with a strip of brown paper packing material, quite textural, added decorative wire which had little impact, followed by linen and silk noil thread, still lacking impact , added another layer of knitted cotton tubing, a little more interesting, and then some cotton tape. Still rather an underwhelming sample. I think I preferred the first layer of cut paper packaging without the addition of wire and threads.