Note: This is a proposal submitted for the first part of a Printing on Fabric course. Stay tuned for results and further explorations... Artwork Title: My Autobiographical Pattern Opening Statement: Isolation and limited access to materials due to pandemic protocols have presented the perfect opportunity to explore sustainability objectives in the practice of making art. … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – A Printing Project Proposal
Making time to do stuff is often a challenge for me. Especially if I open the TV instead of Spotify. I really had no excuse to not get this done. All the fibres and fabrics were ready. The loom was ready. My studio space was ready. My other creative projects were done. I even had … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 5 – Final Product
Ok, so we got the ton of demos, articles, suggestions, images, how to's, instructions, jargon, etc... Ok, you get the picture... too. much information... then we got an email telling us to simply Mordant some fabric in Alum... that was also a little confusing, but she elaborated today and I got it done... as you … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Apparently it is resists?!? – The Fabric prep stage.
From left to right, the iron waters were made with... (material samples are cotton and raw silk) Iron oxide power (1tbps), 1 cup tap water, 1 cup vinegarRusted iron coasters soaked (5 days) in 2 cups filtered water, 1 cup vinegarIron ore balls soaked (2 weeks) in 2 cups of tap water, 1 cup vienegar … Continue reading Playing with Iron Waters … prep for the fibres samples
From top to bottom, we have Turmeric, Madder, & Red Cabbage. Each bundle contains cotton, silks, wool and in different mordants (or none at all). All the dyeing was done in cold baths and the materials were soaked overnight. I'm not sure why I don't have similar variety with the Turmeric as we can see … Continue reading Natural Dyes – The first trial baths…
Ok, so it was a rocky start... the teacher is super motivated, incredibly knowledgeable, and ridiculously enthusiastic! In fact, she has curated nearly 8 readings a week, shared many alternate recipes for all things related natural dyes, and prepared multiple video-demos. If I was a Fibres major with nothing but fibres to think about, I'd … Continue reading Working In Fibres from Home – Where I’m at so far…
As mentioned yesterday, there are many, many steps in getting to this point and I feel we haven't even started yet. 1 - Watch (and watch, and watch again) a bunch of demo videos about ethical harvesting materials, choosing storage containers, cutting materials into sample bundles, making mordants, and on and on... 2 - Collecting … Continue reading Setting-Up A temporary Fibres Studio… ARGHHH