Djara Van Hove

Tissue made by mouth & hands

Searching for undesired beauty.

For a long time, I've been annoyed by the ridiculous amount of gum sticks to the pavement. I hate it, even more, when people spit out their gum in a public space without any shame. It currently seems that the chewing gum has become part of our urban landscape, a  blind spot in our vision. While working on the subject of chewing gum my gaze automatically goes downwards and already notices how different the world looks. I see patterns, traces of the past and present or maybe a path that guides through the city.

I think that chewing gum could be more than just a piece of chewy resin. What happens if I use the gum as a pure material and consider my 'frustration' as a source of inspiration.

Point of view:

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Chewing gum from my point of view - Djara Van Hove

Patterns appear when my eyes follow the gum.

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Appereance of Visual Pattern 1 - Djara Van Hove

Accentuating the gums creates a pattern.

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Appereance of Visual Pattern 3 - Djara Van Hove

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Appereance of Visual Pattern 2 - Djara Van Hove

 

Removing the gum from the pictures leaves another pattern: blank space.

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Removing Chewing Gum with Tipex - Djara Van Hove

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Removing Chewing Gum - Djara Van Hove

A fusion between randomly tossed chewing gum and the structure of the pavements. Create a logical and structured pattern with chewing gum. The material molded with my mouth and woven with my hands results in a small piece of 'fabric'.

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Chewing Gum Fabric 1 - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Fabric 2 - Djara Van Hove

 

The influence of daylight on the organic material makes it looks like a delicate drawing.

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Chewing Gum Fabrics with Daylight - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Fabrics 1 with Daylight - Djara Van Hove

 

Rolling it out to make it more transparent against daylight.

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Chewing Gum Flattend Fabric with Daylight - Djara Van Hove, Elise de Jong

This technique makes it possible to merge several kinds of gums.

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Multiple Chewing Gums Flattend Fabric with Daylight - Djara Van Hove, Elise de Jong

 

Cutting patterns.

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Chewing Gum Cutted Fabric - Djara Van Hove

 

 

Stick the gum-pattern on a paving stone a conscious act.

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Stretch a piece of gum until it becomes a delicate layer. Almost a second skin.

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Chewing Gum Stretched Fabric - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Stretched Out on Pavement - Djara Van Hove

 

Chewing gum tablets imitating the structure of the pavement.

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Chewing Gum Imitating the Pavement - Djara Van Hove

 

Weaved patterns with chewing gum tape rolls.

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Chewing Gum Tape Roll Fabric 1 - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Tape Roll Fabric 2 - Djara Van Hove

 

Weaved patterns combination. 

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Chewing Gum Fabric Combination - Picture credits Djara Van Hove

 

The "paper" spring technique.  

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Chewing Gum Spring - Djara Van Hove

 

Flat scanned bubbles. 

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Scanned Bubbles - Djara Van Hove

Scanning stretched - pressed patterns.

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Chewing Gum Shadow & Light Samples Scanned - Djara Van Hove

 

A delicate flat bubble.

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Chewing Gum Bubble - Djara Van Hove

 

Stretched - pressed patterns influenced by light creates a dynamic shadow play. 

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Chewing Gum Patterns Shadows & Light - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Patterns Shadows & Light 1 - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Patterns Shadows & Light 2 - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Patterns Shadows & Light 3 - Djara Van Hove

 

Stretched - pressed patterns becomes marble.
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Chewing Gum Marble Pattern (1) - Djara Van Hove

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Chewing Gum Marble Pattern (2) - Djara Van Hove