Organic Shapes and Textures are My Abiding Interest …………. Guest Blogger: Dianne Corso
Experimental Research for Advanced Design – Level 4
Although fiber is my first interest, I have found the two courses in design to have been the most personally valuable of all of the program’s offerings. It is in the design courses that I have been most challenged and have experienced the biggest breakthroughs. Encouraged to select a broad theme in Experimental Research, I chose the interplay between the natural and manmade elements of the landscape. Most of my research was photographic, taking new pictures of what captured my attention and reviewing photos taken over the years. I discovered that organic shapes and textures of all sorts seem to be my abiding interests. And then I fell in love–with paper casting, a new process taught by Maria Patrizzi in one of the early sessions of this class. What could be better for exploring texture? Both of my large pieces use paper casting to express the interplay referenced in my theme: the cactus form is organic while the sheet cast textures that form the surfaces reference manmade structural materials; the pulp cast fence is a manmade structure composed of organic materials. Exploring this theme in fiber and stitch over the next few years is an exciting prospect.
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