Friday, 29 August 2014

In my studio: fabric printing and painting

screen print onto hand dyed fabric
After a summer out of the studio, having fun as well as seeing lots of fantastic artwork, I’m struggling to settle back into making.  There are so many things I want to make, but I just don’t seem to be getting started right away.  I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do, but I’ve discovered out I didn’t!  What had seemed the key things during the holidays have turned out to be less fully fleshed out ideas than I had thought.
Hanging out to dry
Rather than panic – I have some exciting deadlines which I’ll tell you about later – I have decided to take things easy and just paint and print and see where that leads to.  So here are some of the things I’ve been ‘playing’ at this week. I don't know where any of them will lead, but maybe the panic will start subsiding in a week or two...
Reverse of the breakdown printing

Painting with thickened dyes

Mono-print from bubblewrap

Printing with bubble wrap

Painting with Inktense pencils

Print plate ready to make mono-print

Lightly dyed fabric, with circles stamped on top


SheilaD said...

Ah, I know this feeling so well! You have this brilliant idea, but getting it down on paper and into fabric - hmmmm. Looks like you are having fun anyway, and having interesting deadlines soon concentrates the mind.....

Gillian Cooper said...

You're right Sheila and then you start wondering whether you even had an idea at all! But the printing is fun and eventually it will lead somewhere... hopefully somewhere unexpected, which will make it all worthwhile

Maggi said...

The good thing about playing is that you end up with lots of options at the end. I love the transparent layering in the first image.

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