I was intrigued by Jane Dunnewold’s article on expanded squares a couple of issues back in QA magazine. Decided I needed to have a go. I copied one from the magazine just to get warmed up – that whole spatial thing isn’t really me – I am a real klutz at it. However, once I got going I was okay – lots more ideas to try – I thinks Jane’s recommendation to do one a day for a month to really get the hang of it is probably good advice – although I am not promising to do it! So far I have figured out that you can set the square on point, and go from there – on this one I divided the square in half and went in two different directions – if you see what I mean.
The next one I kept the square square on, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to flip the bits to the outside – I think I got it at one point, and ended up with something that looked like a swastika, so tried just flipping the bits up and down and my square expanded into a rectangle!
For the next one I decided to be a bit more unconventional – I quite like it! All of these were done with a piece of black paper, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. I then decided I would like to be able to do this electronically, using Photoshop, which I have recently started learning.
So I fiddled around and got stuck on some of the trickier bits – but fortunately, some lovely people on the Photoshop Yahoo group came to my rescue and before I knew if, I had it down pat. So here are a couple I did in Photoshop. The first is very much in the style that Jane Dunnewold does – I used that as a sample so I didn’t have to worry about design AND the technicalities in Photoshop at the same time.
Then when I had it figured out, I made this one. Let me tell you – it beats chasing strange shaped bits of black paper around the floor, and accidentally flipping them over so you paste them on the wrong way around! I don’t see myself doing paper ones every day for a month, but I could probably knock one out everytime I fire up Photoshop to do my homework assignments.