Monday, October 26, 2015

Effervescence II

Finished at last and this image shows my piece in situ at textile21's latest exhibition at The Whitaker, Rawtenstall.
The question I got asked the most is 'how did you manage to get it to stand upright?' And every man who studied it had to look around the back. The secret was an acrylic pole.

Here is a closeup of the detail.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Almost there

Effervescence II is now ready for dyeing. It has been cut out and some surface embroidery added. 
I am at the stage of deciding on the colour of dyes to use. I am leaning towards a cool colour scheme.
Watch this space for more images of the finished dyed piece. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Latest work

Been currently working on my latest piece of work for the Textile 21 exhibition in October.
 At the moment it is totally white silk. Both the fabric and thread used.

 It is called Effervescence II and is a development of my silk organza toile that formed part of the "Fashioned in Silk" exhibition of last year.

 The circles are the basis of this design and as they overlap they allowed me to develop layers that each display different techniques

I will cut away the outside of the design and then dye with procion dyes so that it will fulfil the brief of the exhibition and be Created in Colour.

Here I am free machine embroidering one of the circles.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tech Styles Exhibition now on

At last the Textile 21 exhibition is hung and ready for the first visitors tomorrow.
Below are some closeup a of  three of the exhibits.
The exhibition was first shown in 2013 but there are some new exhibits and extension pieces that are in the shop for sale.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Disperse Dyeing, Transfer Printing

 I have really enjoyed revisiting disperse dyes. The colours they give when transferring them to substrates is wonderful. In this instance it was on to pelmet Vilene and when they are coated with a layer of acrylic wax the colours just zing.

I choose to cover the front, back and spine of this Seawhites sketch book after embellishing with stencils and running stitch.

I am into quotes about art by artists at the moment so this is one of my favourites by Vincent.

 I always try to make the back of my covered book as interesting as the front!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Seed Head Cards

A sneek preview of some of latest series of cards that are a development of my TechStyles exhibit.
The background is transfer printed pelmet vilene with free machine embroidery seed heads that were in the grounds of Quarry Bank Mill.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Cas Holmes workshop

This is very late but wanted to share some images taken on the Cas Holmes workshop back in February at West Dean college, Sussex.

The course was entitled

 'Using the Found - Stitch, Cloth and Memory'

We were encouraged to think green and use what we found and in this instance that was old textiles. old table linen, garments, embellishments etc.

We used all parts of the textiles, hems, cuffs seams in fact anything. We made stamps out of textiles and used stitch and fabric 'mark making' activities.

This is one side of my 'stamp'

Our substrates were old fabrics and paper. After producing an array of both by printing, dyeing or painting we used our stamps to create surface decoration.
This sample clearly shows the use of 'holey' piece of fabric used to print the blue strips. In the burgundy strips I used a high relief piece old lace.

Here this image shows a range of substrates and printing/stamping.

This was my favourite piece.

 It was from all of this that we then produced collages. Cas introduced us to her method of using wall paper paste to adhere the pieces together. Once this was dry I spent a joyful few hours free machine embroidering on top.

This sample used papers, lace that I used as a stamp, fruit tea bag paper.



This was an exercise when Cas gave us some random pieces that we had to incorporate into our collages. I found this challenging as I thought that I knew where I was going but a curved ball like this took us all out of our comfort zone.

This is the collage that I did eventually finish and mount. Much happier when in control.
By the end of the four days I was thinking about what I wanted to achieve in terms of the way I felt about the textiles that I was using rather  than let a technique lead me. This is a new way of thinking in relation to textile art but when I thought about it I have actually used this approach in the past, especially when using old textiles that mean something to me as in this piece entitled 'Memories', it was inspired by a piece of fabric that my mother bought when I was a baby but she never got round to making it up. the salmon colour has always staying with me and it sparked the colour choice for this piece of work.
Cas's teaching style is relaxed yet challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 days.