Friday, 8 July 2011


Sorry for the poor image here - a very crumpled piece of ongoing embroidery. It is slow going as I tend to do a bit and then leave it and then go back to it eventually. I'm not very sure how I feel about this piece. I feel the space at the top of the image would be a chance to embroider something different, so I am thinking on that at the moment. I am also still unsure of what sort of object this will turn out to be. So the the overriding theme on this is "unsure", however I would really like to come to some sort of conclusion on this as there is a lot of work already in it.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Experiment with discharge printing

Another experiment from today, printing with discharge on to some cotton I had bought. This worked well until there was some mishap. It was all fine when it came out of the heat press, so I can only imagine the discolouration happened whilst washing it afterwards. You can just about see where there are some lighter patches which seem to be part of the design. So I don't know what happened there. Perhaps it can be covered up with some sort of embroidery or something.

Experiment with flock

An experiment from today with pigment and flock on to cotton. The colours are not too accurate in these images as the cotton is a much darker blue. I would have liked to print the heads using proceon dyes but wasn't able to due to the steamer being broken. So I settled with using pigment. The flock came out really well on the ferns.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

more ferns and faces

And today I found some left over heavy brushed cotton from ages ago. So I thought I would print the Ferns and Faces design on to it and see how it turned out. I had this green colour already mixed up and wasn't too keen on it. However the colour worked quite well with the natural tone of the cotton. As expected, some of the print lies on top of some of the fibres on the fabric making it quite fragile. This is something I really like and I think it works well in relation to the passing of time as the image would change as it got more worn. You also get an embossed texture to the image where larger area of colour (the hair) go deeper into the fabric and the areas around these become raised.

more hair landscapes

At last I got round to taking photos of some other "hair landscapes" I had done a little while ago. I plan to carry on with them, I have just put them to one side at the moment as I concentrate on printing. I have just a week left at ECA so I need to make the most of it in the print room. These are mostly A1 in size and drawn with black ink.

Ferns and Faces Pattern

I had a play on Photoshop with an image and came up with this. Not at all happy with it really. I printed it on dyed grey cotton and it was a bit of an experiment for something different. I like how the faces stop being faces in a way and just become part of a larger pattern, but that's it really.

Ferns and Faces

I finally got the fern and faces print done. I printed a few, on calico and on fabric I had dyed different tones of grey. It is hard to tell the different fabrics on these photos but never mind. I like the simplicity of the one colour image. I will work into them a bit with embroidery at a later date I think.

I left the faces out of another print, with the idea being to embroider the faces in later on. This will take quite a while but i think it will prove to be pretty interesting.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Quick patterns

The results of a very quick play around on photoshop this afternoon. Just looking for ideas on what to do. I prefer the top image.

Fern Ideas.

Some ideas for the new design.

More circles of girls.

A drawing for a new design done today.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

more drawings...

A couple more drawings trying to figure out another piece. I took one more photo of another section but it did not turn out, so will get a photo tomorrow. I am aiming to put the heads next to each other with little overlap, not like the drawing below.

I like the fern pattern, but will include it in a different way. I like the connection with nature that this suggests and the simplicity too. More work to be done on it though. I also need to consider the idea of printing this as a repeated image, and the scale in which I would do this. If I stick to a one colour print, perhaps I can play around with design, scale and placing.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Embroidered Ladies.

I also printed this relatively simple design, with the idea of using embroidery over the top. I have started this but I am unsure of how to carry on with it at present. I am greatly enjoying the embroidery, and think I will pursue this further in more work. Each girl is slightly unfinished, which I also quite like. I am wary of creating an image that looks as if it's looking to be perfect, if that makes any sense. I have photocopied the piece to try and draw onto that and maybe work something out. I may well print some more, with the idea of doing some different work on top of those at a later date. There may be an opportunity to use some text also, but as that is something I am unfamiliar with, I am slightly anxious of doing it.

Repeatedly Grumpy

After a five hour printing session, this is what I had achieved. It took 18 prints and worked out pretty well I think.

Grumpy Girls

This is, once again, printed on calico. The think that when I blasted the screen after exposing it I didn't quite blast it enough on one section. I hid this by fully embroidering the inner section, which has the added bonus of giving a different texture (though this is more noticeable through touching it and less so when just looking). I really like the way the image as a whole is quite decorative and created a striking pattern. I'm not sure if it's just me, but it also somehow has quite a communist aesthetic? I also enjoy the grumpy faces a lot.