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Friday
May032013

Silk Screen Diva!

Another great day at Committed to Cloth has left me with sore feet, tired legs but a huge sense of achievement and elation! Yesterday was a day focusing on silk screen printing and we tried various techniques, including positive and negative image printing, breakdown printing and working on different hues and tonal values.

I always seem to have to take so much stuff with me!  Monty comes along for the day and often just chills and relaxes on his bed for the day but yesterday was bright and sunny and he spent a lot of times on the patio sunning himself. The boot of the car is always full of fabric, buckets, sketchbooks dog bowls and dog bed! It needs sorting the night before i leave and takes me about half an hour to sort when I get home.  I am a bit like a fabric-dyeing, dog-owning bag lady!

We set off bright and early before 7 am but the traffic was dreadful and it took 2 1/4 hours to get to the studio.  Coffee on arrival is the only solution!  The only consolation is that three other ladies were later than I was but they do come from Colchester so there is a good reason.

So what did we create? We several large pieces of cloth using different techniques to print shapes and imagery.  I was in my element.  I like the rhythm and the development of design, I love the mess and the feeling that you are creating designs in a more controlled manner than techniques such as tray-dyeing, which are lovely but more random in their outcome.

This is a piece of cloth I created through using a breakdown technique.  This isn't referring to my breakdown, incidentally but rather to the fact that you create a screen by putting thickened dye onto a silk screen, embedding texturised items into the dye and then allowing the screen to dry completely. You then remove the items, leaving their imprint and you then force dye through the screen until the print breaks down as the dye is used up.  Not sure about this fabric.  You are looking at the cloth before it is washed and dried and that tends to produce a much gentler colour on the cloth.  I will post photos tomorrow when that has been done and you will be able to compare.  I love the colours though.  I was trying to create an indigo colour and think I almost got there.

 

The nex pieces were created using positive imagery on a silk screen.  The first piece was created using torn masking tape on a screen.  I tried to develop the colour with the paler hues in the background and the brighter colours in the foreground so that a sense of depth is created.

 

Again this will be more subdued after batching and rinsing. Watch this space.

Finally, this is the piece which I really am pleased with.  I created the screen using sticky backed plastic onto the screen.  I think it gives quite a graphic feel.  Someone described it as looking like curtains - not sure if that was a compliment!!

 

Lots of lovely pieces where created yesterday so here is a selection of the things which came out of Potters Barn Studio yesterday.

 

Aren't they all lovely?

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