I’ve been in the studio experimenting with materials, proportions, wrapping objects and generally having a great time…I spent a day out in Brighton at fabric shops sourcing fabrics, inspired by the palette of a Turkish tile i saw at the V+A which depicts the courtyard around the Kaaba in Mecca. I have also been using materials and clothing that I already had, which has a particular resonance for me. I reserve these for wrapping the first 99 objects, which are mine only and will be hung as a separate work, a kind of introduction to the main, public collection in the space. At least, that’s my current thinking and hope. Deep hues of blue, whites, greens and a hint of red, with black at the centre. I have sent some a very vague sketch as a starting point for Simon, the 3D designer to start working with, more like a list of parameters for how the objects may hang in the space.
The Bristol team are working on the postcard invite for the donation campaign and the artwork is looking great, i got a thrill when the pdf plopped into my mailbox. Have also got my PO Box number now so come September,(next week!) we can release our request for objects to the universe and see what it provides..i enjoy being on the brink of such an uncertain but potentially abundant process that i hope will bring me unexpected parcels in the post and at the Museum, ready for transforming. They are also working on setting up some wrapping sessions so that we can generate a large section of the work directly with groups.
My methodology is to establish the proportion of colours based on a ground plan design, then prepare the corresponding number of furoshikis (wrapping cloths) per colour section. I will also work out the number of colours of binding i want to allow, then make available both of these at sessions for people to choose and wrap with. This gives me the security of knowing I have an overall design palette covered and those participating a certain degree of aesthetic choice. I have a day in the studio tomorow, will be wrapping the objects that the People’s Panel gave me and looking at the numbering process for objects..still have to find a beautiful book for it all to be recorded into.