Project: 2nd June

In todays class it was freezing, it was hard to concentrate past the sniffly nose and numb fingers. however, Gina started the class by asking each individual group what has been their highlight and low light so far. For our team the low light what our continual changing plans and because of the our very late start. Our highlight so far has been our group dynamics, we haven’t had any conflict and disagreements have been handled strategically and peacefully.

We continued on our paper cache today and I brought in a hair dryer to help with the drying process, because it is so cold the glue hasn’t been drying fast as all and has been relying us from doing multiple layers quickly, we we only able to get one layer finished for the week. Therefore we brought the hairdryer today and Sonny brought some PVA glue, the PVA glue had a faster stick and a thicker solution so the paper was hanging on to the chicken wire better. We were able to get the rest of the news paper layer on as well as a white paper layer donated to us from Paul. I have found it a challenge to help with the paper mache all the time because only few people can work on it at one time due to the space but I was able to do majority of it including the white layer.

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Paul also came and talked to us today about the time frame and other ideas of how we can maximise our project to fit the brief. So collectively we decided on a patch work idea. This involved each district of the Paper Mache New Zealand being covered in a paper symbolising its significance or reason for popularity within New Zealand. We chose to go with this idea for a few reasons.

Firstly it is time realistic, secondly, it fits our brief to inform and entertain an audience by having the paper giving the viewer information on New Zealand. Sort of like a patch work with every part of New Zealand holding a piece of importance to make the jigsaw of New Zealand. Thirdly, we believe this is celebrating paper more, showing the different colours, textures and uses for paper, rather than using other materials as we had previously thought. My only worry is what the cost will be.

So Jaya and I researched the districts of New Zealand and then recorded what they are known for and brainstormed paper ideas that corresponded with the significance of the district. I had fun doing this and enjoyed dreaming of what we could do, I love the ideas process. It was brain stretching as most of New Zealand is known for similar things, e.g.: beaches, scenery and farming, but each on slightly distinctive. for example we chose Northland to be a pohutakawa red paper representing they beaches in contrast to a graphic surf wave paper for Gisborne’s surf beaches.

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Now we go on the search for paper.

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