The project was successful and I was sure that there was still scope for me to develop my work, taking the brick-modrock material as a new starting point. Nevertheless, regretfully, I didn't trust myself not to fall into the trap of trying to recreate a minor success and was afraid of becoming stale and repetitive. Instead of taking that risk as I progressed into third year I built a new project entirely.
I began with the brick motif again, using different materials to take 'casts' from the surface:
PVA and mosquito netting
Newspaper sample, bricks
This is the first sample I produced. It's made from pulped newspaper.
The sample is fairly stiff and has very different properties from the home made modrock surface from my project at university. I liked it less, although do quite like the edges and the hole that accidently occured in the middle of it.
Taking a cardboard cast of brick surface
I decided to experiment with cardboard as well as the newspaper. I liked the brown/earthy colour.
This picture shows the process of taking a cast of the surface of the bricks. One problem I encoutered was drying time. The cardboard (and newspaper), unlike the home made modrock where the plaster set fairly quickly, took days to dry. Furthermore, it was barely possibly to lift the cast from the sufrace without it falling apart.
The home made modrock had very material like properties, but the newspaper and cardboard retained their paper qualities and were much less useful. For example, I wouldn't be able to curve them around corners in the same way.
This is an example of the cardboard cast which disintigrated whilst trying to release it from the brick surface.