Further to the Xerox
One of his developments was using cotton thread as the mark and line for his quirky eye.
By draping a flexible string of cotton thread onto sticky paper, his wonderful heads would begin to emerge:
LINE IS JUST THAT, PUTTING A CURVE TO IT, THAT’S MY MOMENT OF POWER
He would then take the forms, cover the delicate image with a clear sheet to avoid the glue sticking onto the platen, then make the Xerox do its magic.
Original prints made this way were direct to photocopy paper, hard to convince someone that, yes, this photocopy is an original!
Essentially, the string theory relied on the preservation of a fleeting moment, like theories in quantum physics, as most of the original cotton drawings have gone and only Xerox copies remain as proof that they once existed.
“When it comes to small copiers, we’re our toughest competition.”
The science of form capture pioneering in the humblest of ways