Experiments with silk paper

I had a good tutorial with Bridget last week, where one of the things we discussed was how my drawing/calligraphy could be an integrated part of my practice – using inspiration from the drawings to use in design work. I liked this idea, as it gives an immense creative satisfaction when all the elements of what you do can feed into each other.

I had some free time to get some college work done over the weekend, so decided to start exploring my new “moment”. I don’t have a useful shorthand description of it yet, just a bunch of feelings. I did some spontaneous drawings of the mood to get me started before embarking on looking into some new making processes – still focussing on paper and silk. The first sheets of handmade silk paper are looking great, I’m going to make more to do some stitching with. Here are the first samples and 3D models made with different varieties of silk paper

IMG_0309Silk paper sample (silk noil)

IMG_0311-1Moonlight over the wildwood
Silk throwster’s waste

IMG_0310-1Drawing down the Moon
Paper + raw silk spun thread

I have sat here staring at my keyboard for 30mins, but still can’t come up with a better way of describing the feeling I want to capture. Here instead is a quote for one of my favourite authors which says a little something about today’s work:

Haruki Murakami, IQ84

“The moon had been observing the earth close-up longer than anyone. It must have witnessed all of the phenomena occurring – and all of the acts carried out – on this earth. But the moon remained silent; it told no stories. All it did was embrace the heavy past with a cool, measured detachment. On the moon there was neither air nor wind. Its vacuum was perfect for preserving memories unscathed. No one could unlock the heart of the moon. Aomame raised her glass to the moon and asked, “Have you gone to bed with someone in your arms lately?”
The moon did not answer.
“Do you have any friends?” she asked.
The moon did not answer.
“Don’t you get tired of always playing it cool?”
The moon did not answer.”

4 thoughts on “Experiments with silk paper

  1. eileen

    your 2nd and 3rd images have focus and presence – the moon surely is an inspirational thing – so isn’t not knowing about its essence OK ? – cant it be just an inspiration even if a vital one ?

    1. antalbot Post author

      No, I think the essence us everything – otherwise I could just be copying any old thing… Got to have a reason why 🙂

  2. stardust000

    Moonlight over the wildwood image remind me of the film Contact and deep space. My other view is weird but it seems like amyloid protein fibril inside the skull. I love the new depiction.


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