During the morning session with the tutors, I was advised by a Sculptor to use a newly constructed room in order to continue research with light. It was just that...a room. One strip light. Nothing in it. I had to locate the stool and table plus lamp in order to have the tools by which I could experiment with the presentation. The lamp was to cast shadows of the cage upon the page. No humour intended here really! Just an unforunate play of words. The annoyance of the angle-poise was that it was reluctant to strike any pose without a droop. A very likeable object in itself and in keeping with the theme - spotlight on the subject and so on but not practicable.
Playing with the 'Page' and the 'Cage' and a lamp in a small room. One thing also became very evident, the cages were too small! The detail on them, so labouriously consructed was lost and I had to consider how to suspend them. The height of the room was such that it would take a feat of engineering and many materials to enable any suspension to take place. Rather too daunting.
I thought one way out of suspension and a good way to add interest in terms of materials and design w
as by installing the cages in frames. The cages were to be suspended using chains of silver paper clips. The frame was to stand on bull-dog clips. I liked the silver and black of the materials and thought they went well with the black and white of the print. However, the whole arrangment was unweildy and prone to falling. I was unhappy with the thought that the whole display could fall down and be damaged all too easily. I had to rethink.
Through angling the various components I arrived at this book-type format. It was simpler but still unweildy.
I spoke with a tutor from Product Design and this was most helpful. In the end I came back full-circle to the idea of the zig-zag book. Simple but effective to communicate my response to the visit at the zoo. All I had to do was make as pristine and polished as possible. Back to the one-sided card, a new metal ruler and a sharp craft knife.
Carol E Duff