Wednesday, 1 September 2010

More Faces, and Resolved Samples Chapter 13.

1. The first photo is the first of my two resolved samples for chapter 13 ( I did 2 because I am not sure that that either quite fits the bill). It is taken from the torn paper portraits as detailed below. I wish that I had used a stronger colour for the couching of the face and also not used white cotton for the machine stitching of the wax marks, but it is only a sample.

2. The strips of fabric machined onto background before the couching. The fabric has become very crinkled because I did not put iti onto pelmet vylene or use a frame, but I think that it looks OK in the final version as it reflects the energy of the source design.

Messing around with the torn paper portrait on the computer
4. Original torn paper design used for the resolved sample.

5,6,7,8,9,10,11. As you can see I quite got into the torn paper portraits!

12. This is my other rsolved sample, going back to the cubist portraits; it uses various types of couching and there is alos a bit of laid work.

13, 14. Design stage for resolved sample number two.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

More Masks

I have been messing about with masks - here are some of the results, paper collage, potasium permanganate and lemon juice and applique. I then tried printing some shapes and adding the detail.

And came up with this - I got very absorbed in it while stitching, and am pleased with the result although I am not sure that it is very C&G Diploma!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Hand stitched Shi sha - chapter 7

Above is a collection of shiny things that I found on the pavements of Seville last week. They are stitched down using herringbone, button hole and button hole bars, fly, detached chain, shi sha and straight stitch.
Below, foil from cream eggs eaten over the weekend!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Chapter 6 - Decorative Detail from Shi-sha Textiles

1. Printing with acrylic paint , ink wash over top 2. Rubbing with oil stick,oil pastel and inks.

3. Printed with acrylic and then painted, gold paint on blue and green one. The colour has been altered by computer on the right hand image. 4. Wax crayon and ink

5. The next three are rubbings made with oil sticks, oil pastels and wax crayons on Lotka paper from Nepal



8. As above but on copy paper with ink added.


10. Oil pastels on silver tissue paper, this looks much more effective in real life that in the photo.

11. As above

12. Textured look created by using the same block with different colours - shame about the flash!

13. Printing using acrylic paint, there is a tiny bit of glitter in there somewhere. It is a bit dull but I enjoyed making the background look like an old plaster wall


15. The blocks that I used for the prints and the rubbings - made from string, cocktail sticks, wire,cardboard, a rubber and thick gesso.