How can truly declare my love for this versatile material? Paper for me is definitely a visual and tactile thing... in fact instead of writing fancy words about my feelings for paper I'm just going to mess about with the stuff and see what happens!
One thing which always amazes me about paper is it's strength, a contradiction when we see delicate things made out of paper or old documents which have survived the test of time. I also enjoy the way that with printed paper the content remains, recorded forever as if it is a concrete method of sealing a thing for life. This as where I am hoping to demonstrate my love for paper. I have a beloved collection of U&lc magazines. U&lc was a product created by Herb Lubalin and the International Typeface Corporation and was designed to advertise and launch new typefaces. The magazine was a great success and lasted from 1970 - 1999. Of my many personal copies I have a double issue of Volume 17/ N°2 from spring 1990. So I have decided to set myself a PaperLove brief... to reinvent the content by sacrificing one of these copies and to experiment with the 68 lovely newsprint paper pages.
My first experiment was to create a new format using the same content. By ripping up the original pages of the magazine I created 272 new pages and bound them up with string.
The second experiment, to reinvent the original information recorded inside the magazine. U&lc was primarily dedicated to launch new typefaces so I have designed a typeface using 'bits' of letters and other elements found in the original magazine.
Thirdly, to use the paper to make a new item or design that is not related to the original form or function. I have begun to make paper rosettes from the torn pages they will be used to create patterns and textured backgrounds for other projects. My main occupation these days is creating patterns so I will use these rosettes to create new designs.
One thing which has become clear to me working through this creative process is that paper truly inspires me and I never know where I might end up when messing about with the beloved stuff. I do hope you have enjoyed my little rambling and experiment with paper. Continue to be inspired and delighted by paper by following the whole of the PaperLove Blog Hop which continues below.
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