Friday, 4 January 2013

Mono Printing is taking over my life!

Design Development

I am still in the design development stage and need to make the final decisions of what products I'm actually going to make for my final Degree show in June (eeekks!!!)

HAND in is 10th May 2013

 Mono printing has to be one of my techniques I just love the surprise of the print when lifting the screen up of the fabric!


Pattern applied and dried to screen 
First Print

Second Print
It amazes me every time, the colour difference I love both and think they work really well printed on the crisp white Egyptian cotton

Colour was fixed using a hot iron then Manutex was rinse . Hand embroidery was applied to embelish, using french knots (2 hours worth) in a co-ordinating coloured thread 

As above to the second print with a block of french knots to echo the left corner and a weave to echo the check pattern

These will work beautifully as framed pieces also I would love to develop onto scarfs.

I might find it hard to part with these though. Does anyone else feel like that with their finished pieces?

  

Monday, 3 December 2012

Snippets of Dionne Swift Online Screen Print Workshop

Dear Dionne Swift...........

My online learning experience has come to end BUT I will be taking forward the new skills I have learnt from Dionne Swift

This course has given me the freedom to learn in my own time and set up the equipment I can use again and again in my own studio. 

I thought I would miss out not being within a hub of creativity but this really hasn't been the case. Fellow students upload to Flickr so we can all see and comment on each others work. It helped that I had my own project to inspire me but Dionne Swift provides visual inspiration also. 



Dionne Swift shares her wealth of knowledge with helpful hints and tips. As well as being able to provide the materials you will need and has provided information on how to make your printing table. The video for each stage you access via a password comprehensibly covers everything you need to know.  

Session 1  - equipment and setting up a suitable studio space
Session 2 - mixing dyes and printing pastes
Session 3 - printing technique: stencils
Session 4 - printing technique: flour paste
Session 5 - printing technique: monoprinting
Session 6 - printing technique: breakdown
Session 7 - processing your cloth


Mixing of colours
My first attempt at Stencil Printing
A little seepage on lines practice can only make perfect!
Love the colour variation result when adding to each stencil screen print

I tried the Breakdown Printing next

On the left showing the catalogue of marks
To the right after printing with yellow mixed in the manutex

Row of print, lighter ones with clear manutex, other as above


I added a deeper orange to manutex in a few prints then added hand embroidery to embellish

Today I have experimented with Mono-printing and I can see why Dionne Swift describes this as addictive.... I'm hooked!



Screen is painted on and left to dry, you can be really free with this method and use your drawing and mark making skills, the colour will fade with the drying process

It re-appears like magic when the clear manutex is applied. I have only got one print using this method so it makes it really unique and would be difficult to replicate, I agree with Dionne Swift when she says "she loves the qualities and the uncertainty of what will occur"
This image doesn't show how beautiful it really is. I have fixed the colour with a hot iron then washed out the crispy manutex, the colour has faded but it is still as lovely. I have to be honest I have not followed the steam method recommended but I will after I finish playing! ( Again another advantage of working at your own pace!)
I was so thrilled with the result from my first attempt I had to have ago again straight away. Due to the fact the screen had not dried out completely the layered effect I was after bled into each other. I dried with a hair dryer with a diffuser attached so the wet procion dye would not run (my 25 years hairdressing experience never lets me down!)


I screen printed this onto pre-printed vintage linen fabric and I love it......I am going to steam this to fix as I do not want the colour to fade during the wash process



A closer look

All the sessions are delivered within the first week of your course so you can re-visit and try at any time during the month. There are hints and tips you can print as reminders after the course is over....
I still have the flour paste to try.

I cannot recommend this way of learning highly enough.
   I am looking forward to experimenting more with colour, fabrics and techniques to make my own individual mark using this process.


Thank you

Jen x

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Dionne Swift online Screen Printing Workshop

This month I started an on line screen printing course ran by the really inspirational Dionne Swift. It has been ideal for me as I can complete it in the hours I choose. 

My final Major Project is well under way and I have based it on my childhood favourite book 'Princess & the Pea' during the design research phase I have discovered the love for the layering effect of the famous bed with 'twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds'

A up to date day look of the layering

My aim is to recreate this layering effect . So far I have created lots of mark making using lots of different mediums to take forward to a final piece

Using Brusho
Using Brusho
Using Brusho and Letraset ProMarker
Using Brush and sweeping strokes with paint brush
Using Brusho put adding water first to create the bleeding effect
Using Brusho but letting areas dry first
Using Adirondack color wash

These have been completed after I attempted the first tuitions from Dionne Swift on line workshop I am totally inspired and I want to create the above on fabric as soon as I possibly can !



Above are a sneak preview of my first attempts. What makes it so exciting is knowing I can re-create at home. The tuition is excellent and easy to follow........for me and my busy life the only downside is finding the time.I will be back I have a week off the last week in November so please re-visit and see what I have been creating other than a mess in my work room !

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Also see why I have been so busy in my other life as the owner of the newly renovated salon The Edge Hair & Beauty 















Sunday, 11 November 2012

Road Trip June 12

Well it's official I need to write  blog's to contribute towards my final year of my Applied Arts Degree. 6th and final year of studying part time and I have enjoyed every second of it! 

Finding the time will be the hard thing to be consistent and writing inspirational things but I will try my hardest.

This year has been mad to say the least. In June we took our son on a road trip to Canada then onto Boston and finally New York. I sourced the local Art and Design colleges just to compare to CCAD.


I found my favourite inspirational shop Anthropologie  the window display was amazing !




A couple of purchases were necessary well 
it would have been rude not too !


As well as spending lots of quality time with my boys.



Monday, 24 October 2011

Hope Designs

My ideas have been generated from the Culture Shock assignment from our Summer break. This was from an exhibition we stumbled upon in Venice. 

'A Future of Promise Contemporary Art' from the Arab World 






Walking into this exhibition I didn't notice  the doves hanging above our heads. They were suspended high in the magnificent pop up gallery. ‘Suspended Together’
                          
                                      

At first I just thought how stunning and 
decorative the Doves looked. 

But reading the description I began to understand  why the Doves were all in the same static position.

  The transcript decals on the fibre glass Doves where copies of permission documents allowing a Saudi woman to travel. 

Every woman had to be authorised by a male guardian.

These Doves held the copied documents from girls/women from the age of 6 months to 60 years. 

The participants had been approached by the artist they were leading female figures in the Arab world such as journalist’s, engineers, artists, doctors. 

In the word of the artist “regardless of age and achievement, when it comes to travel, all these women are treated like a flock of suspended doves” Manal Al-Dowayan (Saudi Arabia, 1973)

This exhibition moved me to tears and made me realise how lucky, as women, we are in our world.