My paper sculptures are best described as functional art. They were first inspired by doodling natural forms very reminiscent of the inside of a cabbage when I was on long phone conversations that went nowhere in particular, sometimes looping back on themselves, just like the lines. Gradually these acquired pointy bits and became leafy textures, especially once I decided to create paper foliage for a photographic set.
One night, years after first making paper foliage for a set design, I had insomnia and decided to cut a new set of blinds for the bedroom window resulting in a cascade of paper leaves coming into the room over the curtain rail. They brought me much joy till I sold the house a year or two later. Best of all, I didn’t tire of looking at them. It was like looking at a tree. The pattern wasn’t irritating, unlike the repetitive pattern on a curtain.
After developing sculpted blinds for my bedroom, I became inspired by other textures and patterns in nature, like bubbles in water or pebbles on riverbeds; water falling and foaming as waves break on the beach; lichen, bark; kelp, and so on.
Inspiration is everywhere, in the form of fractal design in nature: trees branching, galaxies whirling, mandalas radiating and shells spiralling; it’s almost overwhelming.
DappleShades can be used as wall-hangings, window treatments or room-dividers. You will probably come up with more uses if you are an events co-ordinator, a wedding planner or design exhibition stands.
Over to you!