I really did love making this lamp. Illumination is something that I've been thinking about a lot in relation to my work. How pieces have been lit has always been important to me, and I want to start making that a more intrinsic part of the work. I'm afraid sometimes, though, that as I try to figure out the mechanics of it things end up feeling clunky or gimmicky.
This first one was done off of a ready-made Chinese lantern, and I have several others that I may use as bases. Though I'm still not sure how I feel about how instantly recognizably they are as underlying forms. Because of that, I've started to make my own wire structure to build from. I've included a picture of the one I've started and plan to start papering soon.
The last is a large butcher paper collage that I'm playing with on my big wall. I've been making large, loose ink sketches, cutting them apart, and reassembling them with shaped cardboard and textured paper elements. These feel more tied in with the small detailed drawings I've been doing in my sketchbook lately.
I feel like I'm going in a lot of different directions right now. I'm not sure if I want to keep pursuing each as separate explorations, or if I'll start to meld them into larger overall assemblages. I guess only time will tell.