Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Designing Women's exhibition opened on Friday - it looks great with some fantastic work on show. I ended up naming my piece shown in the previous post Windows and Shutters. Thanks everyone for the helpful suggestions.
I've decide to concentrate on sewing myself some clothes now that most of my work for the year is done. I really need some new things and I find it very hard find much suitable to buy in the shops. Today I've almost finished making a top and hopefully a few more to come.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Below: is finished apart from the hanging wire. It has 10 cut out pieces which I've then added on top. I need a name for this - any suggestions?
This week was meant to be busy getting my work done for the exhibition, but I've had a bad cold and haven't felt up to doing much at all, but the 3 from this series are nearly there and I have another 3 pieces finished.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Above: some samples with dispersal dyes on poly satin. Before I teach or demonstrate I always like to re-visit the technique, while at the same time, test my dyes are still OK. I really like these quick pieces and will develop them further - maybe a large piece coming up!
I had to take some pics of my studio now I've spent most of the week tidying and re-organizing it - it won't stay like this for long!
I guess I should have taken some before pics but I wouldn't have been game to post them here. It makes me really want to get working - all that space.
Apologies, I forgot to answer some questions from a previous post on Breakdown printing. A couple of books I would recommend on the subject: Breakdown Printing by ClaireBenn & Lesley Morgan, Committed to Cloth and Rayna Gillman's book: Create your own hand printed cloth.
This process uses thickened Procion dye which has dried on the silkscreen. There are various ways to apply the dye - one is to print over something textured like bubble wrap. The dye dries on the screen, retaining the texture or pattern. When clear thickener or a contrasting colour is printed through the textured screen, the dried dye gradually breaks down, giving wonderful organic patterning. You can keep printing until most of the dried dye is gone - any that remains can be easily washed out. Don't try this with textile paints - if they dry in the silkscreen they are permanent!
Thanks everyone who comments - I love to receive them and do try to reply or leave a comment on your blog but sometimes when I get busy I may forget.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Some more sample pieces from my recent work with dyes. Top is hand painted & below: mono & roller printed.
Below: screen printed and lines applied with squeeze bottle.
I ran a Procion dye workshop for Innovative Stitches last weekend. I used to be a member, so it was nice to catch up with people and some of them bought several pieces of my dyed fabrics which was very nice. Tomorrow, I'm doing a talk & demo on heat transfer dyeing for ATASDA and people can do some samples if they like - materials, paper & dyes provided for $5.
Next weekend I'm having an open studio for the local branch of the Australian Sewing Guild which of course, means a major tidy up - well over due!