I thought some of you might be interested in the journey between my finding objects and a finished piece of work. Sometimes I pick up an item immediately knowing how I can use it, but, more often than not, the idea develops over time.
On each of my last two walks at Church Norton, I found a small plastic square inscribed “P.W.C” – 6 days apart and on different ends of the beach. I believe P.W.C stands for Portsmouth Water Company.
I had no definite idea when I found the first, but when I found the second, I immediately knew how I was going to use these rigid plastic squares. The uniform shape and size and the rigidity brought to mind covers for a small book! Next, I started to think about what form the book would take, how I would hold the pages in place and how I would secure the finished article – it seemed an obvious choice to try and use the drilled holes.
After some experimentation, I decided that rather than have conventional flat pages, I would consider some sort of Origami form. Using the squares as inspiration, I created the inside pages and found a format that I liked and that suited the “covers”. Here is the outcome:
I have a few mobile phone parts with which I may be able to construct something similar so I’m off now to have a play!