Scrim design tests

I have learnt that drawing is not a big strength of mine I use sketches as personal notes rather than elegant designs. I tend to think in 3D so to realise the design of the masks I used clay to plan the form. Now I want to plan out the surface design of the masks. To do this I edited the contrast of the photos of my clay sculptures to be able to trace them through paper.

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Now that I have accurate sketches I am going to split up different sections of the faces to make them have a patchwork effect once scrimmed with different colour fabrics from different tents.

I didnt have any tracing paper to make a pattern of the sections and lockdown means i cant go out and buy any so I have been thinking creatively about what i could use instead. I decided to use a clear piece of plastic packaging to trace my design out, as well as tackling the corona constraints its also one small effort towards a more sustainable practice!

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I cut out the sections of each face in specific colour schemes for each from the selection of tents I collected.

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I played around with the shapes once cut out. The shapes had an interesting surreal and abstract effect when moved apart. The face remains but small changes in placement effect the character greatly which I found interesting.

After having my fun I started glueing them in place.

Here are the final designs:

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Im really happy with how they turned out I really love the patchwork effect and colour combinations work well. I am considering sewing into the fabric before scriming for the real ones around the edges of each colour to make it seem as tho they are sewn together from different parts. Although is this necessary? the inspiration for this design comes from quite dark dream imagery so would stitching them make them scary? I will do the scrimming on the small happy mask as a design / technique test if im happy with it as just colours i will not sew into them.


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