process and technique
cutting / stacking / organising pixels
All of my pieces require a long preparation period in order to start building up a frame or an object.
Fascinated by colours, it’s a pleasure to prepare the elements (paper rolls or toothpicks) with the spectrum needed
to reflect my idea. I have a cutting machine and I also love to cut by hand with scissors.
Several thousand examples of the same paper shape must be produced before arranging an artwork.
(For example, filling up a masu box with paper stips or gluing confetti to a surface.)
During the long production process of my pieces, I envision ways I might transfer my technique to other materials.
I am always looking for new technical challenges.
This is what happened with my latest creation: from paper strips to coloured toothpick stacking.
stacking paper strips
choice of picture – retouching in photoshop if required – printing – putting in box –
starting to stack paper strips – shaking to insert few more paper strips untill it’s quite full –
exchanging one by one for colour or effect correction – to decide when the picture is finished
stacking paper rolls
same procedure as above except shaking.
As the paper rolls are not glued together, I can exchange them one by one. In the end, the frame can be held horizontally, no rolls should fall out. The pressure of all the rolled papers keep them stable in the frame. This is why the frame needs to be strong, made of metall or wood. Otherwise, I risk some bending of the borders;
it becomes aesthetically flawed and difficult to get the right pressure.
For frames with 2 views, the papers pieces are coloured a special way. Once rolled,
the colours I plan appear on each half of the roll (inside and outside).
All the paper rolls must have the same orientation in the frame in order to reveal the 2 views.
I orient the rolls in the end, after I have filled up the whole frame.