My main inspirations for this project were the Edward Gorey pop up book ‘The Dwindling Party and the artist Samuel Fallours. I realised that I wanted to experiment with paper engineering. Both Gorey and Fallours used a lot of nonsense in their art and I have long been interested in nonsense as a genre so this seemed like a good area to study. Here I shall recap on what I have done and show some highlights, although you will find much more if you trawl back through my blog since March.
I also wanted to make use of the wonderful cornish seaside so my practical research started with drawing and photographing rockpools.
This research took me to many beautiful beaches around Cornwall.
I found many beautiful things.
Shells and barnacles.
Edible crab pieces
I came up with an idea for a story inspired by ‘The dwindling party’ but involving sea creatures on a journey to find ‘the golden plaice’ which in the story is a fish but is actually the name of a fish and chip shop in Bath. I started writing the story in prose inspired by nonsense verse.
My early pop ups used my sketches and my characters to illustrate scenes from my story.