Just three days left till World Tapir Day ... clocks are ready to go. The last part was making a cover so that the hands of the clock don't get damaged in transit. And I remembered to put a battery in the box .... yes, battery is included.
For the clock side, I'm using an old circular map of the Malaya/Indonesia area ….. keeping it yellow like faded paper. Then for the '12' (which is only to orient the dial) I have modified an old Indonesian Tapir stamp so that the value reads 12. Lastly I have laminated the skinny hands with dark paper … fatteneing them up a bit so that they really stand out against the brown paper background. The last remaining challenge is to package these clocks so that I can put them together, transport them, stack them, without damaging the hands …. waiting for inspiration … still waiting …. still waiting …..
I'm seeing this project as a two sided affair. One side will be the mailed package and the other side will be the clock. For the mail package, I found some interesting cancellations, stamps etc and used a handwritten address. I wonder if I should add a 'Fragile' sticker and then throw it around the studio for a while to give it the true patina of a mailed package.
Why not make it a package? …… a tapir package ….. a package for World Tapir Day …. complete with Tapir stamp and string etc. Wait! how would you access the clock (for the battery) if it's tied with string? Ah ha! maybe one side is the package and one side is the clock. One side is the practical, functional - rather simplified clock, while the other side is the fun side.
Here are the finished boxes, with a colour variation. I like them but am concerned now that they may be too complex for the hands of a clock to appear against. Here's one of those classic examples of form vs function. How awful it would be if someone were to say … "Nice image, pity I can't read the time!" I'm thinking that if I call this a clock then I am duty bound to put the function first and have a simpler, more readable clock face …… back to the drawing board.
For the tapirs themselves, I used a simple stencil - cut from a manilla envelope. However the finished print looks a bit 'rough' and stark against the background. I'm thinking I need some Jungle! Some foliage! For a while now, I've been thinking of printing from textured wallpaper. I found some 'anaglypta' border material ….. might just do the job, as long as it's not too busy for the more simple images of the tapir.
First thing I'm going to need is a base ….. a colour background for the tapirs to appear against. A white circle will double as a clock face and also as the white areas of the tapir. I'll tape the edges and then cut a circle mask for the centre. A neutral colour would suffice …. Unbleached titanium should do it.
How to Tapirize the box? I've always loved the work of Sarah Young, a British artist.(www.sarahyoung.co.uk/). I particularly like this image of cats. Depending on which way you look at it, there are either 2 or 4 cats. I would like to try this with Tapirs ….. let's see if I can make it work ……..
This year's fund-raising project is entitled 'Time for Tapirs'. It'll be a clock - a clock with a Tapir theme - a clock with a difference.
One of the challenges in a fund-raising project is to keep the costs low. The more you spend on materials, the less goes to the charity. Logical right? But who wants an object that looks cheap. So, I'm going to start with a confectionery box (they're really inexpensive and ubiquitous). Now I've got thirty boxes and thirty clock parts, so the rest of the project will be about the look and feel of the box itself. I can imagine there will be some simple printing involved as well as, hopefully, some paper magic. Note that the clock shown above is just a base ..... lots to do yet!