Friday, 24 May 2013

Return to PAPy bread

short recap on my proposal and where i am going with it.

Budleigh beach in East Devon
 Plan is to make a site specific piece for this beach based on graffiti but silent. see previous post here

i have finally chosen my graffiti sound, a sound totally out of place to a hopefully cold and quiet beach. i intend to record the sound of my son on the computer and his inane banter he has with his friends on Skype. with a c 60 tape; 1 hour to those of you who don't remember cassette tapes. i have worked out i should be able to make 60 windmills! Oh i love repetition.

various nets
i have been investigating how or what to attach the windmills to. originally i was thinking of having them en mass sticking up from the beach and i know Siân had mentioned to me Anthony Gormley's beach bodies is a 'whole' piece and not physically linked but as this really is a 'single' piece i have been thinking of ways to connect them.

i like simple so after going off at a tangent with windmills in boats which i decided was not in keeping with the idea behind my initial thoughts i have been investigating fishing nets. the idea to attach the windmills to a net so they can spin. i have tried various samples using paper thread, fishing line and finally cotton Perle.

i have taught myself to make fishing net thanks to the power of you tube! i made my own shuttle and done various experiments. fishing line did my eyes in though i love the idea of the transparency of it.

making new rows of loops with a spacer
experimenting with resin
Perle is quite floppy and i was thinking i would need something more rigid so i have played with soaking the finished piece in resin which has the desired effect.

However i have had an epiphany and think that because the use of the Internet and Skype is essentially an 'enclosed' activity i want to collect all the windmills into an enclosed net, so bits of 'noise graffiti' will leak out.

and this is for you Siân!

i came across this here some time ago when i was putting my proposal together. 


  1. Thanks for the link button to original ideas - great to push the pause button sometimes, isn't it - the windmills of your mind have been been coming up with some great developments. Is there a target date for the installation?

  2. I love it - the website is also amazing. Who'd would've thought you could still broadcast sound when so tightly woven.

    1. Thanks Helen, yes it is amazing but I suppose it is how the cassette works in the machine.

  3. Thanks Judith, I have to finish my DIPLOMA BY december but as I am on a roll now my aim is in September when there won't be so many people on the beach!

  4. What a fabulous idea. It has been so interesting to follow it from the start and delightful to see it taking its final shape. I love the idea of making sound visible.

  5. This project is so exciting and the sonic fabric is fascinating. Keep on rolling.

  6. Brilliant idea for your PAP and your fishing net is superb.