I really enjoyed creating these new Collographs, especially those printed on textile. Looking forward to working into some of them with stitch etc
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Creating Collograph Plates
Whoo hoo – the first in my new series uncovering South Bedfordshire’s hidden and taken for granted delights.
This will be available as cards and limited edition prints during March in the Priory house Shop, Dunstable.
Woof Woof – Samples Inspired by my Bark Studies
Well so much for New Year’s resolution to focus on planning for the year – January gone and have only managed to gather information about some forthcoming shows/call for artists but have done nothing with them – and have missed some deadlines!
BUT I have completely re-organised my Studio Room and started a new teaching job plus three events now booked for 2014 so maybe not so bad after all.
On the downside no Blogs so far in 2014 – have been a very bad girl – and no new work to show yet. So instead I will continue sharing some of my past projects.
So inspired by my friend Jenny’s fabulous photos of ancient Hornbeams I have decided to share some of my tree studies.
Spirograph for Grown Ups
My Foundation Diploma show developed from designs I made using a Spirograph and the wonderful discovery that ‘mistakes’ can be beautiful too. My Tutor, Lee, was pleased that I had finally broken my Virgo-led tendency towards perfection!
These versions are created using a range of string and twine.
Reflecting on Past Projects
I have been so busy with our Pop Up Shop and other recent projects that I have not had time to make any new work.
Now that things are beginning to calm down I am having time to start considering what I want to work on next. I have lots of ideas, lots of started and never finished experiments and and numerous half explored techniques. But how to decide where to start?
As I still do not have time to begin a major new line of work yet I have decided to kick start my preparations by looking back on some of my favourite samples and finished pieces.
This knitted pool combined with beads and stones was inspired by a visit to High Force (a magnificent waterfall in County Durham).
Watch the Birdie
Shirbori Dyeing – Itajime
Itajime uses clamps to form a resist – I used pegs and bulldog type clips but you can also use string; flat pieces of plastic or found objects.
This piece has less colour as only a small portion remained on the surface and in direct contact with the dye.
Shibori Dyeing – Folding Resists
When folding it is important to expose as many edges to the dye as possible – so don’t fold the sections back on themselves, enclosing sections in the centre of the bundle. Instead use a concertina method, pleating each section on top of the other so that the edges remain exposed.
Getting some lovely patterns and I really enjoy the fact that I do not have complete control and so there are lots of surprises and no two designs are the same.
These are dyed with Brazilwood or Onion skins.