Here are some images depicting the process of putting my ‘Landscape Hamper’ together.
This series of images documents making a tray for my sky photo for the inside of the lid, to hide the hamper gubbins. It also documents all the hidden elements & notes within the new structure. They are measurements, instructions, notes to self, alterations & amendments. All hidden within plain sight & just underneath the surface of the finished article.
This new lid has taken a whole 3 days to make. Templates needed to be made, measuring & remeasuring constantly. The photographic paper is quite thick with a plastic sheen to it, not at all like the usual endpaper one might line a tray or box with.
In keeping with representing the sky in a ‘perfect’ way, to suggest the theme of Panentheism, I needed to insert the photo into the tray without creasing it or damaging it. This was not easy, therefore all the workings out had to be produced on ordinary paper.
The corners had me flummoxed for ages as its been a long time since I lined the inside of a tray or box. I could have taken the easy route of lining the sides of the tray with strips of image & cutting the bottom in a separate flat piece. This would have separated the double corner action into two pieces of paper. However, this did not fit into the ‘perfect’ mould that I wanted.
I want the audience to feel drawn into the sky with very few distractions of how it was made. It therefore had to be constructed out of one piece of paper, one photograph, so that the image wraps around the edges of the tray as seamlessly as possible.
It took patience and lots of careful methodical planning, as well as an exhausting amount of thinking, but I am extremely pleased with the result, producing something that I totally envisioned.
Very, very satisfying.