Crystal King Scrappy was composed of actual scraps

Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.
Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

Crystal King Scrappy really was composed from scraps. During the cutting of the shapes for the Polytopia sculpture, the pieces were often cut from many layers of fabric at once which resulted in many scraps that were identical and often in mirror shapes.

We did an exercise we sometimes do in which I passed pairs of shapes to Marc and he arranged them as they were handed to him – he didn’t have a choice as to what came next and my job in the exercise is to “break it”, ie. to make it difficult so that critical thought goes out the window and all that remains is ridiculous fun and no inhibition. We call the process “You Can’t Wreck It” and it works every time.

We took a photo at every pair of shapes – here is a selection to show the process.

Geometric painting by Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra titled Crystal King Scrappy blue and yellow and black
Crystal King Scrappy, 24" x 36", acrylic gouache on paper bonded to dibond, 2011.
Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

The start of Crystal King Scrappy.


Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

Crystal King Scrappy with some eyebrows.


Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

Crystal King gaining his sinister.


Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

Crystal King Scrappy nearly done.


Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.


Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

Crystal King eye – the yellow is the sclera and the black is the pupil.


Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

The lower portion of Crystal King Scrappy, the part that became his bronze teeth.

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