3 December, 2013 (All day)
3. Homework for next class – Tuesday Dec. 3rd 14:30
What we see we make
What we make we ‘see’
From ‘Toy Making’, by Clara E Grant, Evans Bros. London 1917
The project for the next class is a combination sculpture/photo – first we do the object then we photograph it. The subject of the sculpture/photograph is the famous nursery rhyme, goes like this:
Three blind mice (repeat)
See how they run (repeat)
They all run after the farmer’s wife
Who cut off their tails with the carving-knife.
Did you ever see such a thing in your life
As three blind mice?”
This is obviously a strange song and it is hard to understand how it made it’s way in the children’s Nursery Rhymes cannon… I had always found it’s cruelty quite fascinating. To cut a possibly long story short let’s get to the point:
Step I
Make the 3 objects mentioned in the song:
- ‘Farmer’s Wife’ she can be made as a paper doll.
Make a small ball of paper, cover with a larger piece of paper, and tie in at the neck, the remainder forming the body. Or a rill or mantle box covered with paper form – in short make a Farmer’s Wife’ of any shape, any size from any material your passion and imagination pushes you to do.
‘Three Mice’
These creatures can be made of clay, or paper or you can use images cut out from a magazine – anything – three scary little mice (don’t forget their tails!)
Cut out of paper or cardboard and place in the doll’s (Farmers wife) hand or on the floor near ‘her’ – I guess you can also use a real knife (as we are children no more….)
Step II
Put objects together on your selected BACKGROUND – a painting, photograph, a paper stage – pretty open to interpretation – (but try to make one)
Step III
Photograph the new sculpture – use digital or analogue camera and have the images sent to Tobi so we can see and evaluate them in class this coming Tuesday
We can project the images or look at a print (digital or analogue)
Enclosed is the sample from the book - please ignore it...
See you
 Michael Clegg
Please Note
The class will start with a 45min. talk and demonstration by Tobi about using 4x5 or 5x7 view camera.