Cut and Paste

Create a Stripy Floor

Be inspired by Jim Lambie and make a floor filled with pattern

The Idea

Jim Lambie Mental Oyster, installation view

Jim Lambie Mental Oyster, installation view, Anton Kern Gallery New York, 2004. Courtesy of The Artist, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, Sadie Coles, London

The artist Jim Lambie often creates floor installations using glossy tape in different colours. In one room he covered the entire floor with black and white stripes. His work completely transforms the shape and space of a room.

  • Electrical tape in different colours
  • A panel of hardboard or a large piece of card
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pencils or felt tips and paper
  • Try out some different designs with pens/pencils on paper first.
  • Now try laying them against each other to see what sort of effects you get.
  • When you are happy with your ideas build up your pattern on your board or card.
  • Place your new piece of flooring somewhere where it can be enjoyed.
  • Don't be afraid to create patterns that cross, fold, clash and zigzag.
  • Expand your floor as your go, adding more pieces of card or paper if you like.

Top tip:

If your original work is on paper or card you could always stick it down on hardboard later.

See it!

Kid-made Stripy floor

Kids at Tate making stripy floors © Tate

Kid-made Stripy floor

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