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The latest installment in our contest series. Getting closer to the end...can't wait to see your guesses!
My wrapping paper is based on drawings I've been doing in one form another since I was a kid.
From a process perspective, I created the pattern by limiting myself to very rigid parameters. I took a piece of paper and created a box representing one rectangle of the overall grid, then subdivided that to give me the basic structure of a pattern. From there I allowed myself only the marks I made -- no erasing, no digital augmentation of the pattern, no computer-aided altering of the lines. If I made a "mistake" I simply had to draw my way out of it, or not. The only digital work I permitted myself to do to the drawings themselves was conversion of the black lines to color and some post-scan cleanup of stray pixels.
The end result is tightly controlled yet completely organic. When you hold the paper in your hands it retains a handmade feel, almost as if I did each drawing with a colored pencil. And yet, everything here can only exist where it exists and in relation to the other things around it.
This is the first time these drawings have ever been printed or distributed in any way. Based on past experience with friends and family, I've noticed that the way a person responds to these tends to say a lot about the perspectives and biases he/she brings to looking at them. They're like little Rohrschachs, only way more fun.
Either that or they're just silly doodles. Hard to say.