Hello The Art Assignment it’s Aubrey submitting for the Paper Weaving project.
When I first watched the video I was intrigued how Michelle Grabner explained one of the motivations for her project was her interest in the order of information and the role it plays. She also mentions how simple repetitive tasks like this are a state between meditative and boring.
I wanted to take these ideas and modify them for myself. The second image shows my paper before I weaved it. I found myself drawing pen markings like these in my sketchbook when I was anxious. It helped alleviate my anxiety a bit for since it was a simple repetitive task as Michelle talked about, and it was almost meditative. I started drawing these markings for this project and as I did I realized they reminded me of images of our brain neurons. I thought it was fitting since these neurons are black with anxiety.
Anxiety is an irrational mess and can be overwhelming. However, with paper weaving project I got to destroy the anxiety by cutting the paper into strips and put them in order. Much like how in life one has to consciously work to destroy anxiety and make a better head space for themselves.
Anyway, this was a long way of saying I really enjoyed this project. I have a few other ideas I might attempt for it as well for fun.
Had a lot of fun with the recent Paper Weavings Art Assignment. Brought back memories of doing these with faded construction paper and dull scissors back in grade school. Definitely a tools/material upgrade since then! The paper I used was almost like origami. Very thin with color only on one side. I was curious to see what the effect would be. I chose all cool colored strips for one and gold/metallic strips for the other. It doesn’t show well here, but the metallic strips shine brightly in direct light.
Once I had some normal pictures of the final product, I took advantage of a very sunny window to see what that thin paper would look like when back-lit. Answer: Super interesting! Almost a stained-glass appearance to them. Finally let the sun shine across them at a strong angle to exaggerate the relief of the woven strips, which showed way more dimension than I expected. Really put the tactile experience of the material and action of the weaving on display.
Thanks to Michelle Grabner’s awesome work for inspiring this project. Cool assignment!