Monthly Archives: September 2015

Transitions – article in this months British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

One of the Etcetera group members, Helen Conway, has written a great article about our first exhibition. Spread over three pages it has lots of photos of all our works and explains how we formed as a group. It is widely available in the UK if you fancy a look!

Not content to bask in the glory of our first exhibition I have been busily constructing another piece in my Ruins series. I wanted to create something ‘panoramic’ that references abandoned cities. Something that completely fills the viewers field of vision as they draw close. Unfortunately my biggest design wall is only 2m wide so I had to ‘compose’ the background on my large print bench. As with the previous pieces I have cut all my printed fabrics into individual ‘bricks’ that I then use to build a ‘wall’. The finished background contains over 300 bricks and is approximately 3m wide by 1m high. It is currently in two pieces to make the background quilting a little easier. Each piece will be quilted with 1/4 inch spaced parallel lines across the width – approximately 500m of stitching. They will then be joined together before I add the stitched ‘buildings’. A mammoth task that reminds me of a saying; how do you eat an elephant? one slice at a time!

 

 

More images from Transitions exhibition at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe

Helen Conway (left), Leah Higgins (right)

Helen Conway (left), Leah Higgins (right)

Linda Bilsborrow

Linda Bilsborrow

Sandra Wyman

Sandra Wyman

Julie Bunter

Julie Bunter

Book by Magie Relph, postcards by all

Book by Magie Relph, postcards by all

Please visit our website for more information on all seven Etcetera members. The exhibition will end on Saturday 26th September. If you do get to visit I would love to hear what you think!

 

Transitions by Etcetera

Transitions – the first exhibition by Etcetera – opens tomorrow at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe and is on until Saturday 26th September.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4.30pm. The address is Station Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2JT.

The exhibition features 6 pieces from my Hidden Message series as well as wonderful work by my fellow Etcetera members Linda Bilsborrow, Julie Bunter, Helen Conway, Isobel Holland, Magie Relph and Sandra Wyman. You can find out more about us at Etcetera

 

Monoprinting with Glassine

Monoprint using thickened dyes and glassine

Monoprint using thickened dyes and glassine

I’ve been playing with thickened dyes on glassine in order to create some more textures that embody stillness and tranquillity.  I’m not sure how successful my experiments were but I thought I would share.

Glassine is a super shiny plastic with a static surface that causes liquids to pull together – think droplets of water on a water proof finish. The thickness of the liquid and how much you put on influence the patterns this forms. I took a large piece of glassine and painted on bands of colour from my Dunure colour family. I blended the colours a bit and tried to introduce some linear movement. With the help of a friend (thanks Ruth!) I carefully laid on top a piece of dry soda soaked fabric. We then used our hands to press the fabric onto the glassine creating the monoprint.

I had stuck lengths of masking tape across the fabric before using it and these acted as a resist. I let the monoprint dry and removed the tape. I used more tape to mask off a new set of bands across the fabric covering some of the original printed area but not all.

I then added more thickened dye to the glassine and repeated the printing process. I tried to use less dye for the second print to avoid some large blotchy areas. I also used more colours from the pale part of the colour family.

Having created this second layer I let the fabric batch overnight before washing out. There are some interesting areas within the print but mostly it looks like a multi-coloured spotty animal skin. Which would be fantastic if I had wanted multi-coloured spotty animal skin! Maybe I need to play some more.

Monoprint using thickened dye on glassine

Monoprint using thickened dye on glassine

 

More representations of stillness

I used two other techniques to try to capture stillness or tranquillity. Both used thickness dyes in pales shades from my ‘Dunure’ colour family.

Multiple layers of breakdown printing in one colour only

Multiple layers of breakdown printing in one colour only

The first used a breakdown printing technique that I have been using in my Ruins series but this time with vertical elements rather than horizontal. I used different thicknesses of masking tape to create a random barcode effect on the back of my screen. I then applied a very thin coat of thickened dye over the top. Once dry I removed the tape and printed off the screen. I had to remake the screen several times to build up layers of line and texture on the printed cloth. I like the results although it was a slow process. But then there is a certain tranquillity in slow and repetitive processes.

Reusing masking tape from yellow screens gave tiny halo effects when printing

Reusing masking tape from yellow screens gave tiny halo effects when printing