Always Looking for the Process, Always Curious About What Else

I’ve been contemplating a lot about this blog. I didn’t want this to be a regurgitation of the webisodes so I’ve held off on filling any space here. What I really hope for is to create an ongoing dialog about our observations and applications of creativity, so we have a place to talk about creativity as well as putting it into action. If you find any interesting tidbits or anything you’d like to share on the subject of creativity, I’d love to make it part of this blog. I hope in talking about creativity, it can spur new ideas for us to explore.

I want to rekindle this blog with a video that Karilee shared on Facebook about how to make a Corrugated Cardboard Lamp. Besides watching the adorable old man and the fine cardboard lamp he made, you may also find the concept of light going through the cardboard interesting. My mind is always looking for the process, and upon seeing this process, wondered about other applications of the concept. What if I had a bunch of strips of thinly cut cardboard and glued them together so I could look through the holes, kind of like cardboard curtains. I wondered how this would look in a photo, taking a picture of someone through the holes. I imagined the look of a soft veil depending on the focus of the camera.

I grabbed a hunk of cardboard leftover from other cardboard projects a few webisodes ago, and started cutting strips that are about 1/8th of an inch thick. This took careful holding of the ruler and a hobby knife and multiple changes of the blade to get that super sharp edge. I always optimistically underestimate the amount of time it takes to finish a task, so instead of 20 minutes, two hours of cutting and gluing passed. I glued together the strips of cardboard on a sheet of aluminum foil because the glue doesn’t really stick to the foil (well, sticks a little), which means you don’t accidentally glue the strips of cardboard to your table.

After gluing all the strips together, I grabbed my little point and shoot, took it outside and started messing around with it. Most point and shoots allows you to push the shutter down halfway setting the focus and exposure. So I aimed at my subject and pushed the shutter halfway down, then held the cardboard in between the camera and subject to shoot. This results in the cardboard being out of focus. I quickly learned to not let the light hit the cardboard (middle pic) because the light makes the cardboard too bright and doesn’t allow us to see through the cardboard as clearly, and solved it simply by standing in the shade. Here are a few more photos. I was struck by the contrast in the photo of me in the mirror. One thing that seems so obvious (once you see it) is the effect of looking through the cardboard when there is a little curve in it. In the picture on the right below, you can see that the cardboard was twisted a little bit on the left side, which blocks us from seeing through it making it a very cool effect to utilize. Now you’ve seen 2 possible ways of using this concept of light through cardboard. In looking at the process, I’m excited for you to try this and see what other applications you find for this! Even if you have a seed of an idea that’s not thought out, we can start by discussing it. This is a great way to build our curiosity. And I am always curious.

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