I thoroughly enjoyed making samples from nets. There was something incredibly satisfying in the manipulation of a flat sheet into a three dimensional form. Perhaps the comfort I experienced came from the mathematical nature of the task. I am not usually one for enjoying maths but I did enjoy geometry at school and did a lot of technical drawing for my Design A Level (taken just before CAD took over).
This connection between art and maths made me think about Post/Inter disciplinarity. Did I derive a feeling of certainty from knowing the forms I created were right because they belong to a discipline where right and wrong exist? Are my samples more mathematical than artistic? Or perhaps pattern is where maths and art naturally diverge? -Many patterns in nature can be mathematically explained (Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio). -Successful geometry gives art a timeless appeal, like a statue from Ancient Greece.
If my printmaking is to be Sloppy perhaps geometric shapes provide the perfect structured foil? However, having gone to great lengths over the course of MMT to shake off my perfectionist tendencies, am I in danger of returning to them now?
I love the quiet simplicity of the above form. The straight edges, emphasised by heavy black line, intersect the soft organic curves that now wrap around the form. Here I think I have found a balance between Sloppy and skilful.
Pentagonal Pyramid Viewed from different angles the manipulation of the pattern is clear. Do I allow the viewer to see the form from all angles by presenting the 3D object itself? Or do I select how I want it to be viewed, in a photograph or drawing?
Rhombic Prism This is an interesting shape to manipulate pattern with because as a form it already appears to have been manipulated. It is like a cube with the perspective all wrong, my eye applies knowledge of experience and thinks it understands, then it gets a shock when strange things happen.
Icosahedron It sounds silly but I think this is a bit too round! I like the print but as a whole the sample reminds me of a Champions League football that my sons would have begged for as children!
Hexagonal Prism Again, I like the print but not the shape. I was toying with the idea of an open box or container but this isn’t what I’m looking for.
Dodecahedron Having said the Icosahedron was too round, I expected not to like this sample yet it is one of my favourites. I stopped constructing it because I can see the potential for joining multiples to form an undulating surface. I think would be worth exploring this shape further to see whether a surface or a form develops. I could also consider applying the print to what should be the inside.
The print that I manipulated for the dodecahedron was particularly successful at this scale. I used a comb to remove paint from the plate. The different widths of the teeth have created variation in the density of colour which forms additional bands of stripes. Despite reducing my palette even further there is still much to look at.