Print Workshop – Week 1

This was our first workshop back in print and I was very excited start. I spend the morning exposing my screen ready to print with.
Whilst waiting for my screen I used the dye bath technique to dye my fabric. I wanted to create pale colour to use a background for my print.

I am really pleased with how the colour of the fabric turned out, I was worried when the fabric was processing in the dye baths that they may turn our too ark but they turned out exactly as I had hoped. I will use this technique to create with my fabric even more ready to print on to.

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This was a practice go using my new prints. This was just on spare fabric but next week i am hoping to print on the fabrics I have already dyed. I am really happy with how well they came out!

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Once my fabric had dried, I ironed all all the creases ready to print onto to. I tried a dark shade of pink on to of my light pink fabric and a dark green against my yellow fabric. I was uncertain about the colours I used here and after creating more prints I decided that these were my weakest prints I produced in the workshops.

I experimented more with bolder and braver colours using my prints which are documented in my technical file. I tried to play it safe when dying my fabrics and colour mixing but in fact my prints were used to there full potential when I used more interesting colours.

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I also used this workshop time to create some lovely mono prints also. I created this effect by rolling ink onto a glass plate to spread the ink out evenly and then placing a blank piece of paper on top of the ink and finally tracing over a drawing of mine which producing this outline print. The fainter ones are where I rolled over with a clean roller what was left on the glass plate. I like how delicate this ones look.

Andrew Gn – Summer / Spring Collection 2016

I recently came across designer Andrew Gn and discovered his beautiful summer/spring collection for 2016. Most of the dressed featured in this collection were made from denim and I found this denim as denim was the theme of our most recent project. What caught my eye were the eccentric sculptural designs like the two below. I liked how he used denim to create designs that you would never see with this material.

I also found the use of print very interesting in his designs. I liked how he used oriental looking prints on top of denim creating a unique style to this collection.

The two below are definitely my favourite from this collection – 

Print Workshop

FOIL | FLOCK | PUFF

During this weeks print workshop we were introduced to three different printing techniques. All three were new to me so I was very excited to give them a go. I found that using equipment like the heat press and silk screens that we were familiar with and have used in previous workshops, it gave me the confidence to experiment when using these new techniques.

  • Foil
    This was the first out of the three techniques we were introduced to today and definitely my favourite. Firstly we applied glue to the fabric we want the foil to be printed on using a silk screen with our prints we exposed last week and then put through the heat press. I used this workshop time to work on my project as I wanted to include different print techniques in my final piece. I am hoping to use this print method again on my denim pieces.
  • Flock 
    The second was flock. This was a technique using the same method as above, we also used a silk screen to apply glue to the fabric then put through the heatpress but using a velvety fabric, I found it very interesting visually and physically. As I was overlaying my prints, this technique added texture to my prints giving it a unique edge.image
  • Puff
    The last technique we were shown was puff printing. We were required to mix a colour of our choice using pigment dye and “puff paste” then to print the mix onto our fabric using a silk screen. The fabric needed to be completely dry in order for the technique to have effect. To get the fabric to puff up we gently held the iron above fabric (making sure not to touch) and moving it around covering the whole print. I found this method very cleaver and useful on fabric. image– The outcome from all the techniques I learnt today on my fabric pieces. These are going to be the pockets I will sew on to my wall hanging and I am hoping to use these techniques again as well as screen printing on the rest of my final piece.

 

Amour sans Anguish (AsA)

Armour sans Anguish

RECYCLED & RE-IMAGINED
Armour sans Anguish are an american company producing sustainable garments using completely 100% recycled materials.  Their little collections are non-seasonal and always changing.  

 

pillow.jpgTHE HONEYDAWN PILLOW
$98.00

This pillow is soft and luxurious, made from patchworked linens, vintage fabrics, sheepskin, and a large handwoven panel, made entirely from reclaimed and recycled materials.  Zipper at the bottom for easy cleaning, down pillow insert included.  12×18

 

THE DESERT SANDS DRESS wovendress.jpg
$425.00

An entirely handwoven dress made using all reclaimed and recycled materials.  Best fits a small or xsmall and measures 39″ at the top and skirt and the waist can be cinched as tight as desired.  Fringe at the end and metallic thread detailing throughout.

Etsy page – https://www.etsy.com/shop/AsAvintage?ref=si_shop

  • (left) handmade sand and wind – handwoven natural fiber wall hanging.
  • (right) handmade sedona – handwoven natural fiber wall hanging.


I really like some of the interiors and wall hanging that are produced from this brand. The colours are gentle and similar to ones I will be using in my project.
also came across their blog page on tumblr, it shows shome beautiful wedding dresses made from up cycled materials – http://armoursansanguish.tumblr.com/

Up-cycling Denim | Development

F U T U R E | G E N E R A T I O N S
Following up to our 2 week up-cycling denim project for our field “future generations” module we were required to develop of denim creations further.

To start I researched other peoples designs on using up-cycled or reworked denim for inspiration. I came across a lot of interesting designs mostly being accessories and containers/storage objects.

I loved these ideas but after researching further I discovered a lot of designers have used denim to create very inventive interior furnishing. As interior is so important to me as a designer I was hoping this project was a chance to incorporate interior products into my work. I would also love to introduce print into my design.

Below are some examples of interiors used from denim.

The idea of also introducing other materials into my designs to show personal interests is something I want to include.

– I love the idea of using old cards and debit cards to create a imagery collage. I am renown for misplacing personal belongings like this this as well as forgetting to take them out with me. I think by using ideas like this (middle left) not only is it of up-cycling old cards but a reminder for myself whenever I see the photo frame.

FINAL IDEA
After speaking to Helen about where I wanted to go with my ideas we spoke about making a wall hanging and incorporating interests into the piece. I like the previous work we did with botanical drawings and some of the leaves I collected and drew from around Bute Park and Llandaf Cathedral. I decided I want to use leave shapes to create pockets sew on to the wall hanging piece, creating a leaf shape hanging instead of a reformed shapes like a square, rectangle.

– Two of my own leaf drawings that inspired my theme.

By using bleach as a resists I want create negative colours behind the pockets and light prints of the leaves to create layered imagery. I am hoping to use the heat press using actual leaves as this is a technique I have already experimented with was really pleased with the outcomes. I also will be using a branch to hang the piece off incorporating the theme into my wall hanging.

 

Future Generations Project | Week 2

Deadline Day 
Monday 15th February was the deadline for our group projects. In our groups we presented our pieces we had made, using our independent study days the previous week to work on the project we finished and produced a hanging tapestry piece and spoke about our ideas in front on the class. After seeing everyone else’s presentations and see what they produced we discussed some of the thought and feelings we had about each others work. It was very pleasant to hear some of the lovely comments that were made and review other people work.

Today we were given a short task activity to do as a whole group. We were given four words.
ECONOMICS, CULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL.

We had to decide on a scale which were most important to make a city in the future and try to use our projects to help us decide.(Highest podium being most important and lowest podium being least important)
We came up with the theory that you need SOCIAL to work together to build an ENVIRONMENT to save CULTURE. We put ECONOMICS at the bottom as we decided money is the least important out of everything, most of our cities didn’t need money to work.

We used the post it notes to write how these linked to our cities in important from highest to lowest. We then used the string to make a link between each others cities, some cities were had similar values where as some were quite the opposite. The string was tidies from one end of a board and tied to the other one that was linked.
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Overall I have enjoyed this project and the experience. I came into the project unsure of what it would be like and wasn’t very optimistic as I have been let down by fellow members of group in previous group projects. It was nice to work with a team that were as willing and had the same ideas as me. I was also very happy with the finished piece, I enjoyed playing around with different media and sharing ideas with my peers.

Blog addresses of my fellow group members:
http://www.jasoncooksart.co.uk
http://www.katherinecreean.wordpress.com
http://www.jessicastevensonsblog.wordpress.com

Future Generations Project | Week 1

DAY ONE – Interdisciplinary // Collaboration 

Today was day of our Future Generations project. We were set into large groups with different students from each discipline in CSAD.

We started as a whole group by looking at the work of Steve Reich and watching some of his videos on clapping music, we were than set into smaller groups to create our own version of a song from claps with seven beats. We spend the morning rehearsing and as a class we shared our clapping verses and collaborated with other groups.
The afternoon we focused on a different task. We were given keywords and in our smaller groups we had to decide what the words meant to us and what initially came to mind.

We had words such as;IMG_1721[1]
– Together
– Nature
– War
– Babylon
– Optimism
– Peace

I found this a really useful activity, it
was interesting to see what everyone
else in the class had put and to share
the ideas behind the drawings.


DAY TWO
 – Project Indroduction

 


Invisible Cities | Thin Cities
Day two we were allocated to chapter arts museum where we were put into our initial groups for the project and explained what about project brief would be.Each group were given a different city and firstly we had to decide what we believe the city was portrayed as. Taking notes and brainstorming ideas we collaterally concluded the same perspective of what the city would look like. I was very happy with what my group had came up with as it opened a lot of doors as to where we could follow these ideas to make a piece.

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We came up with some points that were made in the statement to help us with our design ideas. This did put our ideas into perspective for what we wanted to create.
In the city there is no actual talk of water, is the water really there or is that just what the statement wants us to believe when reading it.
There’s nothing that makes is sound like a city except the water pipes running through the land, we believed it could be something rural, a natural land or not a human habitat.

 Are we explores/observers?
 We see the creatures but do they see us?
 Are the creatures here imagining a time before tragedy?
 Can we have Utopia without Dystopia?

 

As the project was on collaboration, we wanted each discipline to be visually obvious as there were a few different disciplines in our group, but we also wanted to design a piece that tied them all together in a way that was visually connected as well as cultivated.

Each piece had to be on a meter long piece of paper so we decided to make it out of fabric for originality, I sewed the fabric together myself to interpret (Textiles) into the piece.

The pipes were buffed by Jason (Fine Art) to show the idea that the nymphs are lonely in this land and look at their own reflections in the pipes.

Catherine (Graphics) drew some key words onto the piece which we think describes the world we were given.

Jess (Artist Maker) used clay to reinterpret the nymphs, we came up with the idea that they were supernatural looking creatures as human had been driven away.