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Re paper sculpture

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Lily Kerns (cwkerns)
Sat, 16 Jan 1999 18:12:01 -0600

I've had a couple questions on the paper sculpture idea so here is a bit of

Re: Your directions on paper sculpture were not clear enough for me.
>Could you add a little more for this visual learner.

Ann, my computer is not handling graphics well at the moment (Win98 grrr)
but I'll try to make a diagram for you in Windows Paint. My stylus isn't
working and I seldom use a mouse, so this is pretty ragged, but maybe it
will give you the idea. It's not a very fancy diagram but I am posting it
at if you need it.

There is a lot of experimenting that can be done, so have plenty of paper.
The meandering line can be curved and/or angular. Note that this cut line
starts at an edge and stops INSIDE the paper--I usually tell them at least
an inch from the edge or your cut line. The starting and ending could be
anywhere--as long as you don't cut anything off. If the cut edges get too
close together, it can do some interesting things, but makes a weak spot.

This would be a good chance to point out the relationship of pos/neg, too.

You can then gently stretch the entire sheet of paper out into one long,
very irregularly shaped piece.

Start by giving one end a twist or (or 2 or 3) and letting the parts wrap
around. I think that you will begin to see the possibilities as soon as you
start the twist. The relationship of the visual shapes and spaces you are
creating will depend on how much it is twisted, where the twist is
positioned and how and where you position the ends. I usually tell them to
glue the ends back together after twisting, but the joining could be

Would it help you if I said that this is an embellished Moebius strip? And
yes, you could try splitting it lengthwise to see what happens....

I ask them to look at it from various viewpoint and select the view they
like best by signing their name on the section that will sit on the desk, or
by putting their initials where they want the hanger to go. This I think is
important for developing visual discrimination and making judgments.

Another possibility is to create an "environment" for it. Fold a large
square of heavy paper into fourths (vertical and horizontal) Then cut on
one of the folds to the center. Overlapping the two "legs" this makes,
creates a "Box corner" in which their sculpture sits. Decorating the walls
of the environments is more easily done before glueing or stapling, and
should, of course, be related to the sculpture.

Hope this helps,

Lily Kerns CWKerns
Art Teachers--
Quilt guild--

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