Newspaper and Masking Tape

The second day of my Creative Sculpture class and we had a life model; such a beautiful girl that it felt rather ridiculous to be attempting to model her from newspaper and masking tape, the only materials and tools we were permitted.

My first attempt, to capture a bold and determined pose, using mainly paper rolled into cones was not a success.  I thought my second effort, of a slouching relaxed attitude would be criticised for being too representational (as if anything of the sort was even possible), but my concentration on achieving the knock-kneed look to the left leg was rewarded with some positive comment.

It’s a pity it didn’t photograph that well, because so site specific was it that as soon as I undid the tape attaching it to the modelling stand, the whole thing collapsed and after spending the afternoon in the corner on the floor, was tidied away into the recycling bin.

In the afternoon, my response to ‘speed’ as a prompt, was a sort of wirly-gig thing made from a bamboo stick, a cardboard disc and lots of bits of bent wire – I fear I may never again try to create something that relies so heavily on remaining balanced during its construction.  It  was like one of those exam questions on what weight and distance from the pivot point is required to balance x mass, at y point  on a see-saw……..scissors, various rolls of tape and little bits of offcuts were in constantly changing deployment to stop the thing falling over until I’d finished it, at which point ….. it fell over.

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  1. I would love to have seen your whirly-gig. Did it not stay up for long enough to get a pic? 🙂

    • I did take some shots of it, but without a backcloth it didn’t look like much at all. I’ll see if I can ‘enhance’ one for you!

  2. holdincornfield

     /  August 23, 2012

    You have a great talent!


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