This story it was on the back burner since christmas but hasn’t managed to grow into form until recently.
For the past year I have been thinking on making a collection of papercuts that although they would have a theme they could vary significantly. Something that I could get creative but also have a strong structure that people could relate to.
The answer to my confusion came on a very cold winter morning, as I was navigating through the maze of the underground tunnels of train stations in an efford to cross London to get to work. Once I got on one of the many escalators (that I ride in my travels) I stood and I was looking at the people at the opposite escalator: every passenger was so unique, so very different. The multi-cultural nature of London is so fascinating as every single accent/ face/ dress style/ culture/ attitude is different. We are all trying to find our way to our destination which can be stressful, exciting, routine or simply confusing. So my direction for my papercuts was to take a section through London: through the underground tunnels, trains and crowds.
Once I started planning this, i realised that being an architect my attention was instantly drawn to the layouts of the tunnels and their morphologies as much as their instantly changing occupants, and I found I could retrace my steps from the ‘touch in’ moment of my oyster card, through the tunnels, escalators platforms, trains, stairs to the ‘touch out’ point quite accurately.
Looking carefully at the tunnels as spaces, with the details, materials and patterns they have I realised that there is a vast variety of different space categories and layouts, and they vary drastically from one station to another. (Point to self) Something that would be interesting cataloguing/ investigating further, layouts and ornaments of stations according to area and time they were built). For now I have been mapping the Oxford circus station on my sketchbook -I am worried of whether I ll attract the attention of the security guard if I take my camera out)
The cool thing about this idea for papercut is the constant source of inspiration as London is full of stations and full of interchanges so if this goes well I can keep myself as busy as I please!