At long last I have the time and space to get totally immersed in my practical work.
I spent time at college today setting up my workspace and staring on some silk pieces.
This photo gives an idea of the scale I am working on at the moment. I have been using dyes and discharge paste (a kind of bleach).
As this was my first session I felt a bit tentative and unsure of what I wanted to achieve. I am sure the more time I spend working my ideas will start to formulate and evolve. At the moment I just want to get some imagery down onto fabric and paper, experimenting with a range of media. For me the speed and spontaneity are proving to be of paramount importance, I was working on four pieces at the same time.
The works on paper are more straightforward and quicker to produce whereas the fabric pieces are slower and more frustrating as the results are much less predictable.
I am going to explore working onto unprimed canvas to see if there is a happy medium to satisfy my need for speed with the desire to manipulate the surface.