Inventory. We make handmade paper objects. While, sometimes, they look pretty good by themselves. We think they have a bigger impact in groups. The gallery below follows one piece of "inventory" from creation to being part of a work, Dancing Planes, that is made up of several paper objects.
We love the start in photo 1 - an exuberant diagonal of whimsical shapes. One day we're going to recreate this state. Photo 2 sketches in the X motif. Next, the third photo shows what we often do. We go too far and pile on the color, shapes and pattern until the eye can't make sense of it anymore.
We used to feel ridiculous like we just forget everything we ever learned about making art. Then we realized that it is part of our process. We're actually pretty good at editing and culling. We get a better result sometimes when we have to subtract. The piece is handmade pigmented cotton sheets and is about 4' x 7' in its final form.
To restraint dry, we cover the piece with no-see-'um mesh and bury it under pebbles from the garden store. The last 2 photos show the piece standing alone and as part of Dancing Planes 2017, which we showed in Meaningless and Sure in February and March.