10 Oct

Restarting An Old Project Exploring Patterns

I recently decided to restart an old project I’d left unfinished from an artist residency at The Leeway Studio a few years back. I created a series of paper cut pieces exploring pattern design which focused on Japanese textiles and Islamic geometric designs. I’ve been thinking about this project for ages and wanted to do more work on it. I sometimes use the pieces as samples in my paper cutting classes, but they were always intended to become an installation.

Last week I cut the piece above to add to the Japanese collection of patterns, and today I cut one more. Below is an image of most of the completed ones from years ago. Each one has a cut area of 7.5″ x 5″ within a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock.

The final image below is the mock-up of three patterns with their borders folded into a box to make them three dimensional. This is how the overall installation will be and make the mixed patterns into a sort of 3D quilt.

I think part of the reason I am working on this old project again is because it’s always bothered me that I never saw it through to the end. I really want to show these, and the only way to make sure that happens, is to finally finish it.

© Rachael Ashe