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Week #30
This work was done by Sabrina Hill in San Diego in 2017 for the session “DESIGN: Deconstructing the Grid” in PRIMITIVE TO MODERN. In her own words:
About Koi Po-loi
Sabrina Hill

As part of the Primitive to Modern Class in San Diego, Reggie wanted to show us how to make use of digital images to create unusual compositions.

And so, it begins…

We started with a piece of heavy watercolor paper that Reggie had lovingly coated with wax. This creates a permanently sticky surface that allows you to place paper cut-outs and lift them off to reposition. (NOTE: Reggie has a fancy-schmancy machine that applies the wax, but you can use a tacky spray adhesive—I recommend 3M™ Scotch® Spray Mount™ Spray Adhesive).

Our homework the preceding month was to come with 11 x 17 prints of photos (some from the Hubble telescope, others from stained glass or the ocean) and a few phrases to render in calligraphy. The photos provided the color that would be used to “paint” this picture. I chose “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” By Banksy. Calligraphy was done with Speedball “B” nibs and a Brause pointed pen nib. Though the “B” nib is rounded, you square off the letters with the pointed pen nib. The effect is a very even letter with chiseled ends. Using a printer, we took our calligraphy, cut it into words and phrases, and enlarged or shrunk it to produce changes in letter sizes. Using this technique allows you to experiment much more easily that writing it out. It’s very satisfying to play with the words until they come together in a pleasing pattern.
Next came the images. Using a very pleasing blue photo, I laid it down on the waxy paper. It looked like water to me (though I think it was a close-up of stained glass). I thought I could see fish. And that got me thinking about Koi. The first time we went to Hawaii (many years ago) there was a gorgeous koi pond in the hotel. I was mesmerized by the stunning creatures. I grabbed other photos with patterns that seemed “fishy” and went to town drawing Koi fish and enlarging or reducing the drawings until I had something.

After cutting out the fish, I knew that the image needed movement. Ripples came next, then word placement. A hole punch gave me air bubbles. While placing the air bubbles, I kept losing them against the white background. I grabbed the blue fish cut out that made way for the orange fish and loaded it up with bubbles. It was poised over the lower right corner.

And I liked the effect. So, it stayed.

I call this Koi Po-loi. I made postcards and I send them out frequently. This process was very satisfying and kind of joyful. It evolved as I got deeper into it. I like the very graphic quality of it, and I liked working on the waxy paper.


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