Shiny (not new) toy — Ply-spliting
I was introduced to This technique over ten years ago at an exhibition in Bampton Oxfordshire and attended two, one week courses over the next couple of years. I’ve already posted pictures of some of my work. I’d like to do more, but I’m hampered by the difficulty making cords to split. Recently I’ve been using strands from the core of old climbing ropes. It’s three ply and rather slippery, so a little different from the usual cords.
I was reminded of the potential of ply-splitting again at the conference. My teacher was there with all her samples and some of her books. They are very different from Collingwood’s books: full of bright, well annotated photo-diagrams. I do have Collingwood’s ply splitting book just not to hand.
You don’t need these books, she said, you all ready have a good grasp of the basics. I have a terrible memory I countered, they are useful as an aid memoir.You’ll like this book
t’s got maths in. So I did and I do. Modern Western ply spliting grew out of interest in and analysis of traditional materials from Rajasthan. Various practitioners have taken the technique in wide variety of different directions. Once I had got my head around David’s diagrams and explanations I wanted to take (certain parts) his work further. Have patience.
Baby steps I tell myself.
Here’s the start of a little dish to remind myself about adding new sets of cords as you increase the radius. I’ll run out of new cords very soon so it will start to grow tall, then I’ll run out of cords all together. I like this start as you can see where all the cords are going.
I promise I’ll finish this nicely and post a picture.