After hearing my peers opinions and suggestions on how my project has progressed so far, I have had suggestions, such as to age my work, to emphasize the narrative of the work becoming weak and frail, but then becoming something new and colourful.
As my work is being constructed from old works which were never completed, or works which never saw the light of public, whether it be due to being damaged, distorted, or generally a piece which I dislike; I decided to begin by creating a paper sculpture/ paper fold from tea staining, to see if this method of aging made the piece more interesting/ engaging.
The outcome of staining it made the piece more colourful, I wouldn’t say it looks more aged, but this may due to the image I printed onto the tea-stained paper. If I am to use a less saturated image, perhaps it will appear more worn.
I have found some older images from old projects, as well as from personal sketchbooks and have compiled them into one folder to be able to access them with ease.
These images have come from life drawing exercises, collage workshops, personal sketchbooks, old projects, and work that I had created towards this same project before I had discovered that transferring the 2 dimensional flat images are more effective.
I have also taken some of these pieces and compiled them together in a collage as another way to re-form/ give new life to old/ failed work.
This may be a more interesting way to show the public what inspired/ what is on some of the paper sculptures in my final pieces, rather than creating a zine/ book full of the regular older illustrations. Although, I still want to make the old pieces more clear, so a possibility I have considered is to place a page of the regular older illustrations, followed by a collage using those images on the opposite page, such as shown below:
Alternatively, I could stick to just creating collages, and placing whatever images/ collages were used (as opposed to collages and the separate pieces used to create the collage) within the sculptures, into the book/ bound collection.
I believe this option works best, as it offers a larger contrast between the imagery each time you turn the page, making it more interesting to view. The book will also almost work as a secondary portfolio, as it would contain work from older projects which have now been manipulated and brought forward into a different form.