Friday, July 04, 2014

screen printing deconstructed


Organza is difficult to photograph but here are a couple of pics. I have 3 different weights in handwoven Cambodian silk as well as some other silk organza. The Cambodian silk is lovely - a more open weave, which will give a nice variety when it's all pieced together.


Below: on the print table before washing out.


I put the leaves under the screen and squeegee thickened Procion dye over the screen mesh. It is then allowed to dry (can be helped with a hair dryer) it is then ready to print with another colour or clear manutex.


Dried screens.



Unfortunately I've come to a grinding halt now because of a bad cold - very sore ribs from coughing.
The next thing is to make a thermofax screen with a gum leaf design to add a little more detail to a few areas and I intend to dye and discharge some pieces too.
This week I also have to make some sort of bird either 2 or 3 dimensional for the display at the Claremont Craft Fair.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Breakdown printing


Some silk on my print table which has been breakdown printed using the screen in a previous post. It looks a lot more yellow now it has been washed out so I'll over dye some of it but I'm reasonably happy with it. I'm doing various silks printed with gum leaves for an exhibition piece for the Designing Women exhibition Seams and Layers. We have to do a piece 40cm x 2 metres in eucalyptus colours. My plan is to seam together lots of small pieces of my printed fabrics. I want it to be double sided and translucent so I'm doing some silk organza too.

Details


The fabrics on the studio line have been over dyed and are waiting for the next step.





Monday, June 23, 2014

Getting ready


I've been making some tools - varnished some wood printing blocks, squeegees and silkscreen frames.
The one above has also been re-taped as well. I also mixed up some manutex and cleared off my print table and bench top. I hope tomorrow I'll get to do some breakdown printing. It's 1 of my favourite techniques but I haven't done it for over a year. 
Below is a screen I prepared with thickened Procions dye paste screened over gum leaves. The black dye is old but will still provide a resist ands little colour. I'm after an olive green print so will print with yellow and hope it mixes with some of the black to make an olive.


Monday, June 09, 2014

Something new


I bought a few of these coloured glass vases - this is the first cover I made - thought they might be nice for the cafe shop. What do you think?


Another opened out book cover made with lots of left over pieces. 



Sunday, June 01, 2014

Some studio time


I haven't had much time in the studio lately but today I did some thermofax printing. The design was done from a photocopy of a grevillea leaf from our garden. Note the thermofax screen is taped instead of having a white plastic frame. I didn't like using these at first - it is easier to make a mess but now I like them. They are not listed in my Etsy shop yet but are available as well as this grevillea leaf design.


Below: my newest design from a photo I took of a stone wall in Tasmania.


The rest of the pics are more of my covered sketchbooks and note books.








Monday, May 19, 2014

New covered sketchbooks


These are a few of the covered books I've been making to sell at Genesis in the Hills vegetarian cafe. They've been selling so well, I can't keep up! Above: the background is made up from tiny scraps of quilt fabric and some yarns with a sheer fabric over - the heart fabric was made the same way with rows of machine stitching over. It's a bit hard to see in its cellophane packet.







Above: made from a heat transfer dye sample piece with lots of machine stitching.
Below: mono and thermofax printed, machine embroidered flower applied.


I've also done a new post on the Designing Women blog - read it here.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Heat transfer dyeing workshop


Today's workshop for Threads in the Valley ASG group.

My table 


Love these wooden circles - they were great for texture rubbings.


The students got some great results and I think they had fun.









Good use of leaves for resists



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Thermofax prints


The green fabric, above, is still in progress - I made 2 thermofax screens using a print from a rolled up piece of cardboard. The print below was designed from a photo of a palm tree trunk. 



When we were in Hobart, we visited the MONA (museum of old and new art) pics below. The actual museum is mostly underground and it was quite an experience to see it.





Some of the artworks in the galleries.







Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Heat transfer dyeing


I'm tutoring a Dispersal dye workshop in May. I've had these dyes mixed for ages so needed to test them in case I have to re-stock. They are still fine but some will need topping up. I used a fern as a resist when transferring from painted paper to the fabric. The same leaf can be used many times and it picks up colour which also then transfers.






The dyes can be applied in layers, especially if you want to tone down the colours which can be very bright. Below: yarn as a resist


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Some thermofax printing


 These prints are over the top of  previous sample pieces, now I think they are usable fabrics with some depth from the layering. The small hand drawn circles were my first thermofax screen - still holding up well. The larger circles are more recent screens.




Below: my print table cover - it's starting to look interesting. Must do something with it!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tasmania


We've just returned from 2 week's holiday in Tasmania. The photos are from 2 gardens we visited in Hobart and Deloraine. I have a bit of a thing about cactuses, love these ones in their pots.


We had a great time, rented a car and saw parts of Tassie that we missed last time, including Ross, Bruny Island and the Great Lakes. We made sure we were in Hobart on Saturday for the famous Salamanca markets where I found a few things to buy.


It's good to be home again - I've been doing some printing today, will post pics next time.