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!