I have considered the significance of the paper and whether it should simply be paper as a symbol of a life line with the capability of capturing and recording memories and thoughts. I started to think about the process of memory within the brain and looked at science library imagery of neurons and neural activity. I then experimented on wet paper with watercolour to emulate neurons. I also tried dye na flow on white paper and white watercolour on blue paper.
I tried using cyanotype printing as another way of emulating neurons, I love cyanotypes but don’t feel that this creates a satisfactory outcome for me. the watercolour and dye na flow bleeding has a much more unpredictable feel which I love, the cyanotypes look too smooth.
After testing the watercolour on some handmade paper I set out painting 2 sheets of paper after carefully marking out strips…
I cut the sheets into strips and carefully spun it on a drop spindle.
I used this paper yarn to crochet a bowl.
I then covered the outside in paper clay. when dry I wet just the paper in the bottom and carefully removed it with tweezers. I then gilded the impressions left.
I felt that this bowl had been crocheted too large and too open. I also felt that after spinning the colour had become too muddy, a lot of the colour came off on my hands during the spinning.
I started again using dye na flow instead. This gives a much more intense colour that doesn’t come off on my hands. With more practice my spinning with paper is improving and I am producing a tighter more consistent thread which is exciting.