Using a cardboard tube to control the waywardness of liquid plaster.
The first sample made using a thin plastic bag resulted in a crazy mess of plaster and embedded plastic, so this time I attempted to control things by putting the moulding bag into a second mold. An old toilet roll tube was ideal. It was a little tricky getting the plaster mixture into the tube, but gentle pushing got the bag wedged in eventually . A carabiner was used to hang the bag of plaster, in its tube up, so gravity would ensure the shape stayed cylindrical.
The serrated knife marks incised into the cracks both smooth out rough edges and make an interesting texture.
This casting isn’t spectacular and I cannot relate it to textiles. In an attempt to force a relationship with textiles I drew the piece with Inktense pencils on polyester sheeting, blended the drawing with water, then made a quilt sandwich and free machine embroidered over it. It has been a while since I have experimented with free machine embroidery, and only the second time I have ever done it with more than one layer, so technically it isn’t perfect, but I think the result is very interesting and one that could be used with printing during Part 4.