Tuesday 30 July 2019

Master Practitioner Module 2

My last course update was about recording a walk in black and white.   Originally I was going to continue with the black and white theme into the samples and the final piece.  However I eventually decided I would use colour after all.  I started with some black and white samples and then moved into colour.

Printing was another theme through this work.  Home made stamps printed onto fabric, using my inkjet printer to print photos onto fabric and breakdown printing.

The samples are 10 x 15cms. They are mounted on a folded recycled cloth backed map.

Each rectangle holds a sample that includes a background I have made or dyed with some stitching to try out different patterns. Each of the 12 samples was originally 15 x 20cms which were cut in half to fit the map folds and different stitch patterns were used on each.

The closed map with printed fabric cover.

Cotton poplin, acrylic paint stamped using small square of Perspex. The sample was made on the reverse of the fabric as that had a more interesting pattern. The piece on the right has hexagons cut out and bondawebbed on. The painted side of the fabric was used for the hexagons. The paint made the fabric very stiff and difficult to stitch through.

Cotton poplin background with .one layer of cotton poplin backing. Hexagons cut from stamped fabrics using fabric paints. Straight stitch, running stitch

Hand made silk paper with a B&W photograph transferred with Bondaweb and rubbed off. Images are not clear unless you hold the paper up to the light.  Running stitch. Still trying out the pattern on the left. Random stitching on the right.

A paper collage photographed and printed on to silk using an inkjet printer. Cotton poplin backing with heavy sew-in interfacing between.Straight stitch on left in various areas of the print. Running stitch along the lines of the collage

Photograph printed onto silk using an inkjet printer. Nuno felted. Cotton poplin backing. Running stitch

Hand made silk paper with a colour photograph transferred with Bondaweb and rubbed off. Images are not clear unless you hold the paper up to the light. Straight stitch on the left to outline bridge and straight stitch to add ‘grasses’. Random running stitch on the right.

Coloured paper collage, photographed and printed onto cotton poplin, using an inkjet printer. Layered with heavy sew-in interfacing and cotton poplin backing. Straight stitch on the left to add ‘grasses’ and running stitch on the right.

Batik on tissue. Tissue paper collage. Waxed, bleached and coloured. Straight stitches to add texture

Printed and bought fabric and paper collage. Glued together with cold water paste. Machine stitching and hand stitching.

Small rectangles of breakdown printed fabric bondawebbed to cotton poplin. Layered with heavy sew-in interfacing and cotton poplin backing. Running stitch on the left. Machine stitched on the right.

Breakdown printed fabric with cotton poplin backing. On the left, one thickness of twine. On the right, two pieces together.

Pieces of breakdown printed fabric machined together. Then layered on felt and cotton poplin backing.  On the left, seams not showing and machine stitched quilting. On the right, original seams showing, machine quilted.

All of the samples together.

Next time I'll tell you about the final piece I'm planning to make from all this sketchbook work and sample making.

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Saturday 27 July 2019

TGIF on a Saturday #2

I recently found a new TGIF meme on This West London Life blog.   Most of us would recognise TGIF as an acronym for Thank God (or Goodness) It’s Friday, but in BrenĂ© Brown's world it stands for Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration and Fun.   In light of my recent post Notice the small things I thought I might join in with the meme - but on a Saturday.

Trusting that the workbook and design brief I have submitted will pass and I get get started on the fianl piece for Module 2

Grateful for the excellent teaching at my church

Inspired by the dedication to training and the effort required by the ridersin the Tour de France.

Having fun taking silly photos of me holding Esther's painting.  At the Jubilee Studio

What things have you noticed this week?

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Tuesday 23 July 2019

O is for Obedience

In our Living Your Word of the Year group we are using a fortnightly (bi-weekly) A-Z challenge throughout the year to help us focus on our word and live it out.

Because of the way I have made my journal it's a case of going with the flow of what background the pages have when I turn to them.

I randomly put some washi tape on the page.  I printed out the verse from 2 John 6 and stuck it down.  I used a pen to make the dashes around each part of the verse.  I used some tiny letters for the obedience, obedient and obey.

I am currently re-reading Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman and had just got to this bit of the book about obedience so I wrote it out to remind me of where I want to be with my commitment to God.

And here are the two pages together.

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Saturday 20 July 2019

Leah Higgins Too

As promised last time, here are the fabrics I printed.  The colours in the photos aren't totally true to the fabric but you will see how using a colour family you can get lots of fabric that goes together.

Let's start with the ones that really didn't work well as part of the family.  However when they are cut up they may work after all.

Now on to the ones that did work.  Remember the grid I drew on the scrren with straight lines.  This is how it prints.

This was a mix of torn masking tape resist and embedded items.

The next few are various screens of embedded items.

Spreading the dye with a credit card

More embedded screens

Using crumpled up plastic bags to make the pattern on the screen.

 Another masking tape and embedded items screen

And the grid again

Another colourway from the masking tape and embedded items screen

Using the drippage screens

There are some more fabrics but I they are very similar to the ones you have already seen. Most of the fabrics will be cut up and used as smaller pieces but this last one may well stay as a whole cloth.  Still thinking about that!

And finally the whole pile!

If you are interested in breakdown printing and the way Leah uses it, you can see her gallery at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC from August 1st-4th.  It is undoubtedly the best fabric, stitch and quilt show in the UK.  Don't miss it.

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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Leah Higgins

I recently spent 5 days in Leah Higgin's studio learning about Breakdown Printing.  Leah runs some amazing 5 day workshops and she is an excellent teacher.  AND you can take her home with you in the form of her book Breakdown Your Palette.

Over the days I made various screens.  The first few on show here were made by drawing the dye onto the screen using Procion Dye mixed with Print Paste in a squeezy bottle.

These drippage ones were made by drawing a thick line of the dye mix and putting the screen upright so the dye dripped down the screen.

These next 3 represent the several (I lost count) screens I made by putting a layer of dye mix on the screen and then embedding bits of metal and plastic into the dye.

When the dye is completely dry you pull off the embedded bits and then it's ready to use.

On the first day I used the black dye which when it breaks down with print paste is quite a blue black.

The rest of the week I used Petrol Green and Rust Brown.   We did a 15-colour family using bucket dyeing.

Next time I'll show you the fabrics I printed using the numerous screens I made.

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