June 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

I haven’t been working on my pattern paper cut project much over the last three weeks because I’ve been focused on other things. But yesterday I finally made time to work on transforming the flat pieces into 3D, and how to connect them together. This is the part of the project I’ve been procrastinating madly, all the while working on it in my head.

I scored the paper and folded the three pieces into half boxes, and used painters tape because I didn’t have archival glue on hand. I’m still not sure if I will glue each box or assemble them with tabs. If they are glued it makes them more difficult to store and ship, while with tabs I can take them apart to make them flat.

Prototype pattern paper cut installation

Prototype pattern paper cut installation

Prototype pattern paper cut installation

I won’t go into details about how these are attached to one another, but they aren’t glued or taped. I love playing with materials and problem solving. The goal is to make this a modular installation of small pieces that fit together to make a larger whole. With this prototype I can see the idea is going to work.

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June 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

When I was working in The Leeway during my open studio on the weekend I completed my ninth paper cut pattern. I am pleased to have reached this point already, though I am trying to finish two to three of them a week these days.

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I made the decision to incorporate a wider variety of patterns and distinguish them by category using colour. Going forward all of the Japanese patterns will be cut from black paper and the Islamic ones will remain white. This means I need to redo all of the Japanese designs I’ve already cut, but I’ve moved forward with cutting new ones from black paper, some of which are pictured here.

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At the moment I’m still holding off on sorting out the three dimensional aspect of this installation, but I do have some interesting solutions in my head for how to do it.

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June 3rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Instagram Photos In Print With Chatbooks

Chatbooks is an online service that turns your Instagram photos into printed books. They sent me a complimentary photo book last week to share with my followers and promote the service.

The book is 6″ by 6″ square with about sixty of the photos I shared on my Instagram account between April and December 2014. Each page includes a photo with corresponding location data, date the photo was shared, and the caption used on IG. More about their Instagram books here.

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The print quality is really good especially considering the resolution of photos shared on Instagram. These are the the printing specs from their website:

  • 100 lb. matte cover
  • 100 lb satin coating paper for interior pages
  • Ink certified by Wilhelm Imaging Research to resist fading for more than 200 years

If you’d like to see your own Instagram photos collected into a cute little book visit the Chatbooks website and use the offer code: racha630. You’ll get your first book FREE.

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