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 Exploring Folding

I learned that too many folds has the effect of making such small details that they tend to get lost. At some point the colors are essentially blended and you have created a new color.

So as the number of folds increases, the level of detail increases. This is great! One has control over how much detail to put into a "component".

I enjoy contrast. Here are some dimensions within which I look for and create contrast:

  • hue
  • light/dark
  • dayglow/plain
  • nightglow/plain
  • degree of detail
    • inexperienced clay (e.g. a solid color)
    • low level of experience (e.g. two colors folded together once)
    • medium level of experience (e.g. two or three folds)
    • highly experienced clay (e.g. four or more folds)

  • distribution of detail
    One level of detail is the substrate of the piece -- the background against which the foreground contrast pieces will be juxtaposed. The other levels of detail just need to be different so they stand out. The substrate could be fairly inexperienced or very inexperienced, as long as the foreground detail is significantly different.

    • lots of little bits. Imagine a few white pebbles thrown on a dark asphalt road.
    • a small number of large clumps. Imagine the cross-section of an avocado, a loquat, or a walnut.
    • a vein. Like a section of a (deformed) sheet embedded in a ball.
    • Many veins. Like the black in turquoise, or this fellow at the left.


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