I've been a bit silent, a bit absent and very busy. I hate this last part, I am not a hyperactive person and being too busy just throws me off my track. But I have also been playing quite a lot! This part I love.
I have been rusting more papers (a total of eight at the moment, oh yeah!) and working more on them. Initially I planned to only post my rusting experiments but the papers called out to me, they wanted to be taken some steps further, they wouldn't let me be! So, instead of scanning and blogging about them, I sat down at my drawing table and started playing with them.
This is a detail of the image above. I only used washers here and quite sparsely, so the simple composition suggested some kind of structuring of my space. A contrast between round and square. Broken circles and broken lines. I used pieces of thin string and applied cross stitches over some of the intersections. The small circles drawn with graphite became a recurrent element on all my papers.
Another sparsely rusted paper. Pieces of string again, a similar structuring of the space and more graphite circles. They make the washer marks look like something between flowers and machine gears.
More cross stitches over some intersections of the strings. I really think the rust stains look like flowers here.
My third and last simple composition. Enough of horizontal and vertical lines, it said, at least try to tip them a bit, woman!
And tip them I did. Little graphite circles, scattered cross stitches and a leap to the void ahead of me.
The rust stains on this paper turned out more chaotic, as you can see. I used a few newly found rusted objects and they behaved differently. Some of them almost acted like masks, they preserved the paper under them and spread their rust all around. I love that star-shaped thingy on the upper left. The grayish stains were made with green tea and the small gray splashes on the upper right side are the marks left by brewed tea leaves.
I felt it made no sense to try structuring the chaos and I decided to go along with it. Seed stitches made with gray thread, a few cross stitches, a single french knot (I wonder if anyone can find it) and three short pieces of copper wire on the lower left side.
There you have it, the single french knot. And the rust stains look so much better up close, don't they?
Seed stitches, green tea stains and what has become a fixed element in this series: the graphite circles.
The lines made with copper wire, some cross stitches, etc., etc.
Should I call this my 'musical piece'? After fixing the copper wire in place, it reminded me of a harp. The rest is also trying to respect the original chaos. Scattered french knots on the upper right side, mingled with tea stains and some graphite marks.
Not all crosses are stitches but all rust stains are beautiful. How hard it is to match this beauty!
The 'harp thingy' up close. Can you hear it better now?
Ok, I won't torment you with more pictures. This is yet another detail of my fifth paper. Three more are rusted and ready to play with me. I'd like to make two more, ten is a nice number, isn't it?