ART EDUCATION: NED BARDSLEY

Interview with Ned Bardsley about making paper and designing the unit plan.


Unit Plan for Paper Making

In the tiled blue bathroom mixing tinctures found from the closet; cleaning supplies, lotions, anything flammable, or old toiletries, in the pursuit of making something for nothing, indulging my curiosities, and featuring my bad haircut. I believe this to be the climax of my art career, before the influx of hormones, when creating was between me and whatever god is; when making was simply play.

ned photo 9Eighteen years later, I have been jaded by the world, for creating has been less for me and more for a grade; or to be exalted by the smiling faces providing back pats and thumbs up that for some reason justify what I am doing. I am in pursuit of finding five-year-old me again– he is somewhere trapped in there and is itching to get out. These works act as a reminder for me to experiment; to make work that is unfinished and pointless with a material of which I have little knowledge. I plan to hand these ideas off to my future students, the masters of play, for which to scaffold off of what I have learned in this process.

ned photo 3Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.

    -Ms. Frizzle

The research completed for these works was inspired by Dr. Paul Waldum, who taught us how to make paper in a class called Art Methods. I was curious to what else paper pulp could do, so I started experimenting: starting with different thicknesses, then adding pigment, enzymes for further breakdown of cellulose, and different casting techniques. What you see before you is my journey with various tools to figure out different processes to teach to my future students. Though I am still experimenting, the summary of my work has accumulated into a unit plan to hand to fresh minds to explore this material even more.