We rolled some 96” x 4” strips of 5 hour double-couched abaca into coils. Then we moved them around on a sheet of pink insulation foam to find a design we liked. We traced the design onto the foam board in pencil. We used a cutter and carving tools to gouge out a groove to serve as a mold for the coils. With the ends tacked down with T-pins, the coils shrank taut and stiffly structural. Even with a fan blowing across the surface, it took 12 days to dry - about 2x as long as expected.
Coils are nice linear elements to constrast with planes or volumes of paper. They also give us another visible way of attaching parts of a piece together as opposed to hidden ways such as monofilament or velcro.
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