Sami’s Adventures with Shrink Plastic #1

I have been wanting to have a play with Shrink Plastic for aaaages now. For those of you who don’t know what it is… It’s plasticky paper sheets that you draw on, cut up, punch (hole punch, not fist punch!), ink, colour in, whatever really. THEN you put it into the oven and watch as it crinkles up and shrinks down and thickens up, into a little piece of strong plastic. It’s a bit like magic.

Here are some (bad) photos of my first few late-night attempts. I was too excited to focus on taking proper photos, soz:

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ImageImageNOTE: I put the pen there to show the size change- it’s not a weird Shrink Plastic design.

I was hoping to make the little row of house into a necklace, but I didn’t realise til afterwards that Shrink Plastic is reeeally light, so it wouldn’t hang the right way round (I would need to put the holes near the top, and even then it would be a really light necklace). It’s quite comfy as a bracelet though.The button turned out a bit weird, but I’m going to experiment with that one. And the “Sami” one went a bit Pete Tong, because the holes were too near the edge.

Oh well, it was a really fun evening, and I’m sure I’ll carry on practising! I got my Shrink Plastic from The Range and it was pretty cheap (£1 per A4 sheet). You can also use it with stamps (or trace?) if you’re not keen on drawing your own designs.

I’ll post more pics when I have another go!

Love,

Sami x

A Million Degrees…

 

Today, after a lovely couple of days with The Boy, we went with my housemate to see the Bath Spa Degree Show. My housemate’s friend Bex was exhibiting, and we all wanted to see how her hard work looked in the end, as well as seeing the other Degree work. I can’t believe it’s already been three years since I graduated, it seems like no time at all. There was tons and tons of work on display; photography, textiles, fine art, sculpture and graphic design, so I just took some photos of the pieces that I liked the best or that stood out to me. To see more from the artists, click on their photos.

 

Here goes…

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My favourite piece in the photography section was ‘Seeing Blind’ by Simon Collington. According to the artist, “Seeing Blind is about making visual art and light accessible to the visually impaired, yet keeping the work enjoyable for the visually able.” It was a beautiful tactle piece that could be touched but also looked stunning.

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In the textiles part of the exhibition, there were some beautiful colours, textures and patterns:

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And of course, the lovely Bex with her exhibition piece:Image(Below)

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I loved how this yarn maker, Sian Marie, displayed her work; so lovely!

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There was also some lovely illustration-y work:

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And this one just made me laugh…Image After the exhibition, I bought some scones and strawberries for Sunday tea. And then a sports bra. Think i’ll need it after all the clotted cream!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend,

Love,

Sami x