Three drawings this week: a Peruvian gourd which rattles when shaken, an enamel doggy box which is partner to the one I drew last week, and a depiction of the inside of a favourite bowl, but flattened out. I worked by turning the bowl in my hand and allowing the pattern to run straight in my drawing.
I am particularly interested in this flat depiction of a curved surface. During the week I was making designs to be printed onto mugs. I am familiar with decorating earthenware and stoneware pots during my days as a potter; it is an intuitive process because painting, drawing or scratching etc directly onto the form feels natural and you can see where you are putting marks, working with the shape of the body. Designing a 2D artwork to fit just right is a different matter altogether. Repeat patterns don't usually present a problem, but in this instance I wanted a single image to sit on both sides of the mug at just the right distance from the mug handle. I didn't have a template, and it took 8 artwork rejigs to get it to sit just so; what looked absolutely correct on the artwork was quite a different matter when wrapped around the mug.
The process called to mind the first time I carefully unwrapped a chocolate Santa and smoothed the printed foil out flat. Santa had looked quite normal covering his moulded chocolate form, but spread out flat he looked as though he had been pressed by a steam roller! I was deeply intrigued. I often pick apart packaging to see how, for instance, a box of tissues was constructed and how the artwork sits on the die-cut cardboard - the transformation of a 3D object into its 2D original form amazes me every time. It is literally two different things at the same time. I am currently inspecting crockery around the house, imagining how the design would look smoothed out flat, and I think I will seek out some more confectionery wrappers to unfold ...
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Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland
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