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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Form a Foam printing and Altered Books


 This is the work of the amazing book artist Sarah Morpeth this is altering books to the extreme isn't it wonderful????


i'm going to be demonstrating at the festival of quilts again this year and i've been trying to think of something new to demonstrate and i've been experimenting with form a foam or hot blocks if you get them from Nid-Noi you can warm them and impress texture into them to print with. today i've been working out how to use the prints so i've decided to make boxes, heres the beginning of the project and planning.

these are the prints i've been making the top orangy coloured prints are from a block impressed into a basket lid. the bottom prints were taken from a leaf. i've been using acrylics and sponging the colour on, it's great fun and if you use different colours layered one on top of the other you can get some great effects. more later......


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mill Barn and Alston Hall

I was working in Lancashire last weekend with a private group of ladies on personal development at a place called Mill Barn at the gloriously named Salmesbury Bottoms near Preston it's open for the national garden scheme

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th June
Art & Garden Mill Barn Goosefoot Close Samlesbury Bottoms Nr Preston. PR5 0SS
(M6 J31 A59/A677 to Blackburn – turn right after Quattro’s restaurant, just before Samlesbury Hall)
Set in a beautiful garden by the river Darwen, most stalls are outdoor under cover. Tel: 01254 853300

here are a few pics of the garden





Chris who owns the place is a scientist and ceramicist and this is a work in progress called 'shrine to alchemy'.  



Newsflash....I'm teaching at Alston Hall Preston Lancs in June, one of the courses is full but 'Text in Textiles' need a couple more students to run, it starts at 4pm on 1st June and finishes at 4pm on 4th June. Give 'em a ring if you are interested 01772 784661

Thursday, May 06, 2010

transfer Printing

i've been working on transfer printing on kunin felt with my machine embroidery group at Bramble patch combined with soluble fabric techniques to make textured surfaces inspired by nature, lichen, moss, bark, leaves etc.

i prepared for the workshop by painting papers with dysperse dyes from Kemtex just mixed with water very unscientifically not measuring or anything.
the students threw themselves into the project as always with enthusiasm and made some lovely prints on the kunin felt. we cut stencils and ironed the transfer paints off, moving the stencils around over the surface to achieve a misty moody kind of effect.

we also foiled and melted polyester for a bit of texture and started playing about with composition.

these are my experiments below i do love the misty effects you can get by layering the prints

this is a finished stitched piece i did for a workshop sample with leaves and cords made from soluble fabric.



i just got hold of laura marling's album i speak because i can. this is rambling man sounds a bit like bob dylan.