CornFlowers

by maggie

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The completed print on display as part of the AUTOPRINT exhibition


The AUTOPRINT project was all about finding usual printing media and transforming them into something new.

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The exhibition display in Morley College Foyer.

On my shelf you can see, my trusty note book with sketches of flower arrangements and the much depleted box of ‘giddyup’ stickers. there are some tail-less horses littering the shelf as well.

Below you can see Yacob’s work, he used cardboard packing stuff to make what look like indecipherable screes of information. Other AUTOPRINTS included, fish, vet’s gloves, cherry blossom, old tin cans and beach detritus.

For what it’s worth here’s the blurb you can see on my shelf.

Cornflowers

“Giddyup”, smart foam stickers from creative hands appear to fill a very specific gap in the market enabling you too be your very own Rhinestone Cowgirl and create squashy vistas of pony club rodeo.

The foam makes a good surface to ink up and the sticky backing of the shapes allowed them to be secured to a block in endless arrangements.

The challenge that the AUTOPRINT project set was how to reuse the foam shapes to create new and different images from those originally intended.

A flower theme seemed a good beginning. Blooms themselves are often symmetrical or repeating. This works well with the multiples present in the box of stickers. Different flower species have unique characteristics that make them easily identifiable and the curious shapes of hats and candy floss can be tailored to fit a petal or leaf. Those stickers that do not lend themselves to natural shapes can be used to decorate a vase.

It took a lot of experiment to come up with the design for the Cornflowers, which are made from rosettes and horse tails. The lance like leaves were lucky horseshoes and the vase is decorated with the insides of fencing.

Working with a novel material is always a journey into the unknown. While it is easy to cut and shape the foam pieces, control is not certain. If you do not carefully clean oil based inks form the blocks they can’t be stuck down firmly and will distort in the press.

I feel that this little vase of Cornflowers is a beginning – how far can I stretch my ingenuity to include saddles, wheelbarrows and bales of hay in my next bouquet.

MER

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