Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fibres West: my students' work

Here are a few of Fay's photos featuring student work done in my recent Mark Making on Cloth workshop. They got some great results, especially since none of them had tried deconstructed screen printing before - although some were experienced at printing and dye techniques. I hope I have some pieces from everyone here.
(Lorna asked what deconstructed printing is so I thought I should explain briefly as others may be wondering too. Sometimes called breakdown printing, it uses thickened Procion dyes which can be painted, dripped, applied with a syringe onto the silkscreen or squeegeed over the screen with textured items underneath the mesh. The dye is then left to dry on the silkscreen. To print with the prepared screen, clear alginate print paste or a contrasting coloured thickened dye is used. It usually requires several pulls with the squeegee to start breaking down the dried dye in the screen. As it breaks down you get wonderful organic marks which change with each print as the dried dye breaks down further. You can continue printing until almost none of the dried dye is left on the screen. It is a very free and unstructured way of screen printing and is a variation  developed by Kerr Grabowski from polychromatic printing)

Above: Juliet, who hadn't done much printing or dyeing before but really enjoyed it.
Below: Jan did some fabulous pieces.

Below: Fay used some of my thermofax screens to print T shirts for Christmas gifts as well as doing lots of deconstructed prints.

Hania sent me her own designs to make the 2 thermofax screens below, which she used in the workshop.

I think the above prints are Melissa's - an orange deconstructed print and a great soy wax screen.

Above: Stella's soy wax print, which she over dyed and over printed with stencils she made & a thermofax screen.
Below: Lia's deconstructed prints - she enjoyed layering techniques.

Below: Lyn's prints and printed silk scarf draped over a wooden screen she made.

Above: Mychelle printed lots of wonderful fabrics - this is only a few of them.
Below: more beautiful fabric prints from Hania.

Just realised I don't have any of Margaret's work - have to fix that! She did a lot of pieces with writing and actually made an outfit with her fabrics when she got home.

Above: bottom left is another of Jan's prints - the others are Judiths - also the scarves below.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

GIFTED and more

I've been invited to take part in 'Gifted', Sunday November 13th, It will be an opportunity to purchase gorgeous, handcrafted gifts (or treat yourself) from some of WA's textile artists. I'll have my thermofax screens with some new designs, printed/dyed fabrics, scarves, covered journals etc. Hope to see you there!

Embellish Magazine ran an art cloth swap at the Brisbane Textile Art Festival this year. I'm a little late writing about this but above is a scan of the first page of the article in the lastest issue (Vol 2 Issue 7) My cloth, Corrosion, is at the bottom of the page. I was lucky enough to receive Natural Treasures by Marie-Therese Wisniowski as my swap piece, which I love - it's the piece with rich geens and gold, 3rd row down. More info on her blog.

I had a wonderful, very busy week at Fibres West, with my 11 fabulous students. I'll post some pics of their work next post.
They worked very hard and acheived much. It was a great experience all round - catching up with people, seeing what the other classes were doing, as well as the lecture programme and evening activities.

Unfortunately while I was away, my Mum had to go into respite care - she was in hospital when I left but it was felt that she wasn't well enought to cope at home. Hoping to get services in place soon so she can go home again and also dealing with clearing out my Uncle's property before selling it, things are pretty stressful at present. I may not post as often for a while.

The doileys are from a series I did while a student at Curtin University - more of my old slides now converted to digital format so I can re-visit them.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Going back

I'm getting ready for Fibres West at the moment and 1 of the things I have to do is prepare a 15 minute slide show of my work. All of the pics in this post are from more than 10 years ago when I was a student at Curtin University. They were slides which I've finally had converted to digital images.
We had 10 metre print tables at Curtin, so could print lengths of fabric using a repeat system with huge photographic silkscreens. The print in these photos was made from one of my charcoal drawings and was printed on various fabrics - cotton velveteen for the cushions and bag, wool in the last 2 pics, as well as silk and linen.
I've sold most of the cushions but still have a few in different colour ways and some of the fabrics too.

Detail of heart cushion printed with Procion dye on cotton velveteen.
Below: same fabric - I made the bag from embroidered leftover pieces. This was made without a pattern, just shaping as I went. I could never repeat it!

3 metres of screen printed wool fabric (acid milling dyes) I did miss being able to do this type of work but now I'm finding other ways with deconstructed printing, thermofax screens, etc.

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Field of Quilts - Boddington

Last Sunday we drove south east from Perth to Boddington for the annual Field of Quilts. I had not been before but it was a nice day out.
There were vintage cars and bikes for the men to look at, lots of quilts and stalls.
They were lucky that the rain held off at least while we were there - it did rain on the drive home so they may have had to rush to bring in all the quilts.

Boddington is a small town but is well situated on the Hotham River with lovely hilly countryside surrounding. Below: paperbark trees beside the river.

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