An idea that has appealed to me is the use of paper as a safe place, with structures as boundaries.
I’ve looked at and explored how the structures of geometric shapes provide a platform for the nature of the organic drawings, and how the two blend together.
What I have come across since is giving paper a dimension, an area that is a ‘designated’ place to work in. I started to use a simple border giving boundaries, it made me think more about the space, how to use it, and what to use it for.
It’s not as fancy like with the geometric patterns and shapes, but there is something about it, this feels more natural and authentic, as they always felt too designs and contrived, it was about aesthetic appeal rather than for a purpose or function.
There needs to be a function for its existence and here I have found it, it provides a structure physically to the work but also to the process.
Its was about changing a mind set, seeing it differently.
This idea of a safe place comes from art therapy and it does feel more secure and less inhibited in my work. With the designated area where I can freely express myself, I am less critical and precious over it, seeing my work more diary pages, for me, to work through something, rather than for some less genuine purpose other than finding my authentic self.
(a page from my sketch book working with in a boundary)