HORRORGAMI No.13

IMG_6135-300x300  After lots of deliberating and testing different models I finally came to a decision on what Horrorgami No.13 would be. I was really blown away by the hundreds of suggestions that came through. Lots of you went to the trouble of writing very sweet notes, web links to images for inspiration even some of you suggested obscure Horror film recommendations. Once the Horrorgami exhibition is done and dusted I'll be sitting down to watch them.

With kirigami there are quite a lot of limitations meaning the buildings are more like interpretations rather than replicas. Working with these limitations is half the fun really - for example you can't have a roof sloping backwards at an angle. The paper can only be at horizontal or vertical angles. What this means is that a Horrorgami sculpture relies on discernible features that instantly jump out and allow the viewer to recognise the building. Going through the suggestions it was clear that you lot desperately wanted to see a cabin shack from Evil Dead. I did too. Before the suggestions even started coming through I had already tried several different designs. Unfortunately nothing really worked and because the building is so simple it just didn't have the same intricacy as the others. It stuck out like a severed thumb.

A few others I tried were The Tall Man's Mausoleum from Phantasm, Michael Myers house from Halloween and Elm Street but either due to the limitations of the technique or just not 'horror' looking enough they didn't make the cut.

Surprisingly the model I ended up making was only suggested by one person but it jumped out at me as soon as I saw it in my inbox. I just needed to do a few test pieces to make sure it worked. There was two factors that really influenced my decision to go with this. Firstly it was a very modern building - no gothic features which meant there was definitely room for it amongst the others. Secondly and most importantly (and this is why I was surprised that the suggestion only came from one person) it made me ask myself - 'how can I have a horror series and not feature zombies somewhere?'

I've been instagraming and tweeting a few clues over the past few days and a couple of you horror buffs have worked it out.

Drum roll….

The 13th Horrorgami is the Monroeville Shopping Mall from Dawn of the Dead.

I'm keeping the design under wraps at the moment but I'll post some photos of it closer to the exhibition date. To really get the full effect you need to get down to One-and-a-Half gallery to see them in person. There will be a late night opening on Thursday the 1st of November  which is open to the public. Please visit www.one-and-a-half.com for more information.

Once again, thank you all so much for taking the time to send in your suggestions. It really meant a lot.   Cheers

Paper Dandy