Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Opportunity !

This one is short but sweet!

My fellow full time students have just been handed a fantastic opportunity to get their names known in the art world.....

For their minor project they had to create Art Books depicting elements of their chosen dissertation. They then had a fantastic opportunity to showcase their work in Empty Shop Durham

To find out more info about Empty Shop click on this link and join them on facebook

To make it even more exciting a lady called Theresa Eastons has featured the show on her blog. For those who don't know, Teresa is a big player in the North East art scene, she gets out and about and manages loads of project (Thank You for the background information Carlos)

So not many pictures in this blog but for those of you who would love to see the work here is Theresa Easton's Blog for you to peruse. 

I can tell you I'm well jell !!
But can't wait to be featured along side this talented bunch at our Degree Show in June 2013.........

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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Friday, 30 November 2012

One Week Later

Well here I am after a sort of week off work (well Hairdressing!)
I am in the design development of my Final Major Project and what this really means is I've been playing all week!

I visited the Knitting & Stitching event in Harrogate and for once with this project in mind I was selective in what I actually bought, which was mainly fabric to print on but I also purchased some thread from Wonderfil it has been amazing to work with...........

Ta Dah!

Obviously it needs stretching but I love it !

How I achieved this is taking the layered theme horizontally (i.e. Princess and the Pea Bed) I wanted to layer 2D as well. 

Taking the above fabrics I shredded them with scissors 

I then placed my stencil on top of white Egyptian Cotton and mixed with SUPER MEND an iron on adhesive

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Pic.1 Stencil Pic. 2 adding shredded fabric
Pic. 3 Placing a fine nylon net over ironed on material
Pic. 4 After hand and machine embellishment

Showing different windows of development. I love the bottom left hand pic !
This, I feel in my bones, is something to develop further..... now to hoover all the ruminants of fabric from the floor!

Please post your feedback it gets lonely working on your own!

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 !

Follow Dionne Swift on Facebook using this link

Not forgetting my page Hope Designs

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.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

I have just found this I remember talking to the journalist but  I was never aware it had been published Standout Degree Show June 2011

Dissertation nearly done!

Design sheet for my minor project.
After having breathing space recovering from my minor project I now have to make my mind up on my final MAJOR project........were has 5 years gone?

I am sure I want to continue from the minor project, I don't feel finished with it yet.After finding beauty in a pylon, I feel that's the way to move on........ 'Industrial Landscapes' or 'Structures' are the favourite headings for my next chapter.....

That is however on hold, via the pen to paper, until I have finished my dissertation. Motivation, what it is? How it can impact on others? After your degree in Arts.

I have interviewed three inspirational makers like Claire Baker Claire is the reason I started this journey. 
Framed Card on my wall of loveliness!
Sarah Morpeth, I am lucky to have done 2 workshops with Sarah now and the book binding is the motivation for me to complete this dissertation, print it on gorgeous paper and bind (as well as the complusary, not so attractive, plastic bound version!)

Vicky Trainor is the third. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Vicky in person as yet but I have enrolled on her new courses Vicky Trainor studio-workshops so I can't wait for that!

3 words to go for my final 5000 count so catch you soon Jen xx