It’s time to focus on developing the essence of design in work I am doing with felt, paint & textiles. I am not delving into this totally alone…as I am discussing the merits of my composition & design with a good artist friend.
From one of my hubby’s photographs taken on a recent helicopter trip for photographers, I produced these sketches.
My aim was to pull in the shapes and lines that attracted my eyes to this composition.
Let’s see where this take some me!
Preparing to conduct a friendly workshop for local textile artists next week in Dungog, these photos show you some samples I have made.
Using disperse dyes to paint imagery on paper, heat and pressure is then applied to transfer the images to cloth.
This process occurs when the dyes vaporises and moves from paper to polyester fabrics.
Their vibrant colours and transparency brings opportunity for complex design & imagery. I am eager to see what creations emerge from the group.
You may be thinking, what are tjaps! At a 2015 workshop by Els Van Baarle I too wondered. I became intrigued by the imagery these beautiful tools create.
My tjaps are vintage copper blocks made in Jarva for batik printing on fabric. When they no longer are needed they are sold to artists.
This is is my latest addition to my collection.
And this is what emerged from dyeing at my home workspace.
Three days workshop under the tutorship of Els Van Baarle, textile artist from the Netherlands was absolute magic. Working on paper and fabric, we applied many layers of dye, wax, print to create complexity of design. Drizzling rain did little to dampen our efforts.
The process of application was patiently demonstrated by Els, then we were free to apply the techniques using our own style of design & ideas. The solid foundation of technique was achieved over the three days, and our class enjoyed playing with ideas. Here are some of my efforts, some which were completed once home again.
More to come!