Stages of the rest form by Danika van Kaathoven
Cutting with a pair of scissors is a direct and intuitive way to experiment with shape. Behind the simplicity of the cut-out lies a world of fresh and lively forms. It is about finding the immense potential of the intentionally cut form and the residual form or ‘’rest form’’ that simultaneously appears. Rest form does not mean waste. She considers both parts of the cut-out, its positive and negative shape – the form and the rest form – as equally valuable. There is an interaction between the two where they influence each other. She was fascinated by the poetic simplicity of the cut-out and the amazing beauty and potential she saw in the forms that appeared while cutting in old newspapers, magazines and advertisements. The cut-out became her platform to play with the perception of the ordinary.
Her search of form and rest form is a dynamic design process: by combining the cutting technique with other simple methods such as folding and pasting she constantly transforms the shapes, creating an evolutionary chain of new forms while keeping an eye on both form and rest form.