Having established this I then started looking for a structural support.
I visited my local DIY store looking for inspiration. My first thoughts were to make an invisible support from dowel rods that would be inserted into a base with a top support as well.
The main problem I had with both of the methods in the plan above was that I couldn't envisage how I would be able to fix the velum embroidered sheets to the poles. I also didn't like the idea of the dowel as it was too predictable. The metal rods were better as I liked the idea of an industrial feel working against the delicate embroidery, but again there was the problem of edging. This took me on to the idea of decorative wooden beaded strips but this was too mass produced.
Then I spotted these angle beads and thought they had great potential, so I bought one and started to play with it.
As you can see from image 6 I have made a paper model to see how the angle bead might be subdued as I felt it was too industrial in it's original form and would overpower the embroidery. In 6a the three images show different colours of the mood lamp and also an alternative embellishment with a paper pulp sample, I like the shadows that are forming behind the structure.
At the same time I did quite few sketches to try and feel my way into the design of the structure.
In PAP 7 the LHS top sketch is the design and measurements for the paper mock and PAP 8 is a digital sketch.
Having worked on this part of the piece I then returned to the Angle Beads and did some photos and sketches to try and capture the fascination I felt for the repetitive patterns that they made when stacked and the shadows that they created.