This week has been lovely as I managed to have three days in the studio, just concentrating on my own work (sorry to anyone who was expecting work or tidiness from me this week...!).
Having spent a lot of time mulling ideas over, I finally bit the bullet and got stuck into making. Nothing big so far, although I have now started some bigger pieces. These are little samples/pieces.
Using a strategy that worked for me in the past, I decided to make do with the materials I had at home rather than obsessing about what materials I really, really needed to make the work. So rather than buying a screen and screen printing inks and getting some thermofax screens made, I used my runnier fabric paints (Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow, which I love) and the odds and sods of acrylic paint I had lying around. Before this all sounds too saintly, I have bought more procion dyes to increase the colour range of the background fabric and bought some additional acrylics when I was out on Thursday as I ran out of the colours I used in the samples!
I really like the results of using the acrylics to mark the cloth after more subtly altering it with the fabric paints. I then added lots of free machine stitching on top.
The other piece uses one of my least favourite fabrics: polyester net curtain fabric. However, the transparency works really well, more so than the silk I have here. Although I melted it a couple of times, I think I may work with it in the future.