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Creative Paper: Li-Chu Wu

Li-Chu Wu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She trained in Jewellery Design at Fu Jen Catholic University and graduated in 2006, followed by completing an MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham City University in 2009.

Her sculptural jewellery looks nature inspired portrayed by their bulbous organic shapes. I enjoy looking at the lines made by the multiple layers of coloured paper. Wu’s method of placing bold vibrant colours next to one another is effective in making the pieces striking and particularly attractive in appearance. Their value increases when combining the paper with precious materials such as silver, emphasising that these pieces are truly special.

Wu’s intention is to  convey the values of the materials itself. Some of these pieces are small enough to wear and others possibly intended to be displayed as a unique sculpture because I personally could take time observing these pieces individually. The amount of effort put into making each piece in unmeasurable, Wu must take pleasure in “the making” part of design (the repetitive cutting, placing and gluing) because why else would she use these exact processes in every work. I aspire to this and feel similar in when creating my works, the whole repetitive processes such as weaving, beading, soldering I find is very therapeutic and take great enjoyment in doing it.

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Paper, Tone and Scissors

For this Paper project the brief was to create a piece made from only paper. You could use scissors and glue etc. To find inspiration a few friends and I drove to the Dundee Botanic Gardens and took sketchbooks and cameras. I was interested in the drooping forms, tangled vines and dangling tree branches. When we got back to college I immediately started sketching ideas and developing them. We didn’t have a lot of time so I went straight to finalising and making my piece. I got hold of a shredder and shredded bag fulls of the paper. I bundled lots of strips together and tied them with invisible thread and hung each bundle from a wire frame attached high to the ceiling to create the drooping and dangling relating from my sketches. I repeated this process until I had established a mass of  paper. This is how it would capture the viewers attention – through quantity. Whilst I was at the botanic gardens there was a slight breeze, the rustling of the leaves from the trees. To achieve this atmosphere I placed a fan adjacent to my piece, thus, creating a light breeze which stirred the paper achieving the noise from rustling trees.

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