Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Lantern Project

I was commissioned to create a lantern for Chinese New Year by Suho Paper Museum.

It took several weeks to design… one of the biggest designs I’ve ever done! I drew and re-drew the design several times until I was happy.

I decided to wrap it around a round paper lightshade. Here I am trying to see if my design fits.

I traced the design onto the back of the silk paper I like to use. I cut two layers of silk paper at the same time…. and boy it took a long time to cut!

And I mean a long time! (note the coffee mug on the art work!!!)

 I tried a number of variations mounting the lantern. I offset the two layers to give a a shadow effect.

In the end I wrapped the whole thing in a fine transparent paper to give the image a translucent shadowy effect.

Hanging in the studio during the final stages. Almost done... Phew!

Here is the finished lantern hanging in one of the beautifully restored buildings of Bo Pi Liao in the Wanhua district of Taipei.

It'll be on display until the end of March 2013. After that it will be going to a private collection.