FORM FINDING

How do creatives continue to discover new forms? One way is by breaking things; and doing that, in as many ways as possible.  

 

I mean that both physically and semiotically. It is simple to destroy twine physically by tearing it, disassembling it, burning it, etc.. The products from that type of breaking can be visually intriguing but are mostly predictable.  Yet, if you begin to imagine attacking its semiotics you open a seemingly endless pathway. 


For example twine is soft and remarkably malleable.  Breaking the idea of its malleability is a new entry to unexpected form discoveries.  Twine has many more semiotic qualities to depart from than it does physical; each one an open door. It is fractal, frayed, load bearing, asymmetrically durable, varied in color, contaminated (with bits of sand from somewhere), course, multi-purposeful, inanimate, flammable, wicking, etc., etc.. Each of these qualities are concepts to push against. 

They pose new questions to explore.  Can I make twine ridged? Can it be made non-load bearing? Can it be made pure, inflammable, fine?  What is the opposite of fractal?  Can it be made into that?  Follow these ideas and you will certainly find new, sometimes compelling understanding of a form.