Make a Special Book, Portfolio
or any other simple structure related to Media,
My Proposal is to make a Fan.
A language of fans was created so messages could be sent without chaparones, Fathers and even Husbands finding out!
The attached book is to symbolise a dance card, but instead holds the messages trapped inside the grids of each monture and the instructions of how to hold the fan to convey the message.
The montures are held together with a clear acrylic thread.
This allows the fan to be opened to just the correct distance and to hold the shape.
Initial Sketch and ideas for messages
I intend to create grids and use the papermaking techniques to "trap" the messages in the fan.
I have chosen six messages
1 . We Will be Friends
6. I Wish to Speak to You!
How I will "trap" the messages:
Example of a mixture of typefaces
Grids are created by drawing lines that follow the contour of the letter
Frame laid over the grid and guide line threads are sewn catching the inside edge of the frame each time, once the guidelines have been sewn blanket stitch over them to strengthen.
The style of fan I intended to use was a Brise fan - made entirely of sticks which broaden towards the top and are held together with ribbon, but after seeing the Jenny Lind Fan - a brise fan made with fabric cut like feathers or petals mounted on sticks, I decided to go with this style
Here is a example of a Jenny Lind Brise fan made with paper moons
Once I had discovered that there was a Fan Museum in Greenwich I just had to go!
It was full of delightful examples covering the full history of it's developement
and how there are made.
Trapping the Message
I will show you how one of the messages was captured,
I used the same technique with each message
Message Four... You May Kiss Me!
The message's text is brought closer together
so that the details within the grid will be inside the framework
Tracing Paper is laid over the text and the prominent lies are drawn in
Using a light book I traced the lined grid on to dissolveable paper
I machined over the lines with a straight stitch.
Then returned over the straight stitch with a zig zag
The message captured!
Once the paper had washed away and the threads had dried
hand stitched embellishments were added
The Frames were then made
and the front and rear montures were given their grids
The grids were attached to the frames
The completed messages on their frames
Adding the Pulp
I initially thought that the organic nature of the paper pulp was captured in them
But they were unstable and wouldn't have lasted long.
The Front and back montures will need to have something creative covering the washers and I used the old school hand writing charts and the following handwriting it produced to design this simple roundal.
The felt discs will be sewn together and a repeat of the beads from the above edging will complete it.
The other washers will be hidden from view so they have been painted brown and a felt filler "washer" has been glued to them to aid movement once attached.