When I heard about this assignment I smiled to myself - improvisation, it's what I do all of the time. I have an idea, I don't have the bits needed to carry it out, so I improvise and change this for that, and that for this, until I have managed to come up with something.
So, I wanted to force myself to work a little differently.
Based on this quote, especially the last bit.....
"Something that is improvised, in particular a piece of music, drama, etc. created spontaneously or without preparation."
I decided I would 'just do it', go for it, roll with the flow.
I wanted to create a piece of Pampas Grass just out of stuff I had laying about.
First I started with a piece of found driftwood. I thought it was a nice shape to represent the Pampas stalk, once I had chopped the end off to make it straight.
Next I drilled holes in it. First I started drilling holes the size of the glass rods I was planning to use, but very quickly realised that if I had holes that large (8-10mm) I wouldn't be able to fit many rods in and I wanted it to be quite full. So I swapped to a 3mm drill pieces and drilled about 80 holes with that.... at a downward slant.
Have you ever drilled found driftwood? It really is quite nasty. The smell of dead fish, salt and rotting seaweed is not the nicest aroma in the world!
Once the holes were drilled I needed to sort out some glass.
I found a pile of glass rods in a nice creamy ivory colour which I thought would work well.