Bright Red: Colorplan in motion for G.F Smith

Published:  June 20, 2014
Lucy Waddington

Beginning in reflective, almost tangible, darkness we discover a humming machine that is momentarily illuminated by flickering industrial lights. We are exposed to paper pulp being thrust in a cyclonic motion as it is macerated and churned. In collaboration with Made Thought, G.F Smith provide a glimpse at the process of creating one of Colorplan’s most iconic colours: Bright Red.

Bright Red: 1 of 50 Colours from Colorplan from GFSmith on Vimeo.

Hurtling downwards in a solid white wave, the now liquid fibres are introduced to jugfuls of bloody beetroot red. Mimicking something a little more sinister as the ink swirls and stains the pale pulp, the process simultaneously echoes the joy of adding food colouring to cake batter — stirring and making additions until you reach a brilliant hue.

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We see the bright red concoction swell and convulse as it spins in a metallic drum, before we are shown how it is compressed into taut sheets being swiftly rung of moisture. Almost meditative and entirely captivating, we watch the glistening plateau move with velocity as if it were tarmac beneath a speeding car. Strung between segments of blackened machinery, the ruby membrane seems to glide between the most minuscule gaps of the metallic processing equipment.

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So vividly saturated, the stretched sheet appears to have a glowing aura as its hue is reflected on surrounding objects. No longer two dimensional, the paper becomes alive with distinct motion and energy that makes the final product seem responsive and multifaceted evolving into so much more than a flat piece of red paper.

Having recently launched in Australia, Colorplan paper is available exclusively from BJ Ball Papers.

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