Sunday 6 September 2020

2020 #16 Topic Introduction: Hinged


 2020 Topic 16: Hinged

Hi everyone, Keren here, with a topic that hopefully doesn't leave us unhinged trying to figure it all out. Hinged can mean connected, joined together, a moveable joint; natural or otherwise, and even a grander meaning about the central point on which everything is referring to or depending upon. Hinge conjures up for me immediate pictures of rust, barn doors, pianos, a 'tightly knit' couple plus a visible pretend axis that the world is turning on. Did you have the same ideas?!

A search through PaperArtsy blog posts, uncovered plenty of ideas and inspiration. We begin with Sue Carrington and her lovely arched doorway. Such a beautiful project with hinges that really add to the design because of the aperture shape.

Darcy Wilkinson is well known for her unique projects and this one is a real stunner. Do look at the post as she really cleverly creates an worn wood effect.Her 'House Of Books' is incredibly lovely and detailed!

'Turquoise' is the name of this fabulous album by Miriam Grazier. There are hinged elements (with the fold of the album's spine) and also the stamps are hinges too!

I thought we'd go literal first. Not just boring hinges; some super fancy and ornate ones. Imagine this with slightly rusting bolts on an old and worn door (although it might need to be a fake door as this actually is MDF!).

Don't you love texture? This incredible hinge has so much going on. It's not something that many would have now, but I thought it might be a springboard for you to go in another thought direction.

If we're going back in time, one of the earliest 'hinged' projects was the triptych. Modern triptych art doesn't tend to be connected, but this opulent piece is a great example.

I do love humorous art, and this next piece was just perfect for this topic. You have to guess the title before checking it's quite simple!

Looking for artistic ways of using hinges wasn't so easy. It appears that there's a real need for hinge-based projects online!! This next artist has incorporated hinges so cleverly and created mini photo albums.

I came across this Edwardian/Victorian piece; an ingenious hinged piece of art that opens up to reveal a photograph album.

How about hinges within hinges? This intricate project is by an artist called Genevieve Seille. This project was created using an old school desk.

We're starting to go a little less literal. A hinge can be a fold, right? It's a way of two pieces opening and closing. Origami makes big use of 'hinged' folds. This installation is dynamic and beautiful. Sipho Mabona's birds look like they could fly away at any given moment.

This next exquisite installation piece has been created using piano hinges. It has 420 individual elements that can be flat packed ready to ship to the next gallery!

If you're dealing with fine art, you might have come across these Japanese hinges. Using fine Japanese paper and wheat paste which is gentle on the art. However, this idea could be used in your own art. Use Japanese paper or delicate handmade paper to flip parts of your art from one side to the other.

One of the more decorative ways to 'hinge' your projects is found in bookbinding. This is called a piano hinge book. Aren't the precision cuts and wooden dowels so beautiful?!

Altoid tins have long been a source of inspiration to many, creating their own miniature worlds within its hinged parts. This vivid example caught my eye.

Forgive me for this last one; it's hinged and it's art. It also comes with a large price tag: $100,000. The artist responsible used over $15,000 worth of Louis Vuitton bags and suitcases, which makes it a hinge of high-price!

So many ways to interpret this topic. I feel I've barely scratched the surface, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what the PaperArtsy bloggers have imagined. If you want to create along with us, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world! 


Miriam said...

Fabulous topic! I love hinges. Be it a book hinge, door. I take loads of pics when I go away too! I'm really looking forward to seeing the inspiration!

Dawn Sirdefield said...

What a fabulous blog post and some awesome projects and photo inspiration. Now if only I could find where I put my hinges!!! 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️