Tag Archives: Dye

Making Progress

I am continuing to work on my silk pieces. I work on two at a time so that I am not idle during the drying time. I have noticed that I have two distinctly different ways of working. The first … Continue reading

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Exhibition: Planning and Making

The area allocated for the MA cohort to exhibit is the entrance foyer of Hull School of Art and Design and there will be eight graduates showing in this space. As it is a working environment it is rather different to … Continue reading

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Final Developments

There has been a meeting with the MA group to discuss the final exhibition. Now the space (the foyer of the Art School) has been organised and areas agreed. I have a good space I am happy with, it has … Continue reading

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Latest Developments

As the end of the academic year workload eases I eventually have a bit more time to immerse myself in the final section of the Masters. I have had to make some major decisions in the past few days as … Continue reading

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Staff Exhibition – Silks

I had to choose some work to submit for the staff exhibition at Hull School of Art and Design. I was unsure which element of the work I have been producing I wanted to show. I eventually decided on a … Continue reading

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In the Studio

I have now finished the first week in the studio booked for two weeks over Easter. The painting has been very challenging both physically with scale and also aesthetic decision-making. The space is wonderful, it is so liberating to have … Continue reading

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Feedback – Exploratory Practice

A few weeks ago I received some feedback which focused on the work I produced from June to November 2012. I got a lot out of producing work on location and immersing myself in the landscape but after the hand … Continue reading

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Working in the studio

Today I had the luxury of a full day working in the textile print/dye lab workshop. It was brilliant to have such a lot of space to spread out. I could surround myself with the recent works on paper, digital … Continue reading

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New Year = New Work

I am now concentrating on my practical work. I aim to intensify the production of work, focussing on processes, becoming immersed in spontaneity and expression. It is not the outcomes that are important but exploration of materials. This is the first … Continue reading

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Challenges of working on Large Scale Canvases

I have begun work on large-scale pieces, applying dye onto unprimed canvas approx 3 x 5 m. I imagined the canvases to be fairly straight forward as they would not involve the time-consuming processes and unpredictability of the silk I am … Continue reading

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Comparison of materials

This is a time for analysing what I have produced so far and to explore possible way to develop. I have been concentrating on trying to produce larger scale work and discarding any literal interpretation of the landscape. This has … Continue reading

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Considering Size

This week I produced two pieces of work playing with extremes of scale.

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Neon Flash

Produced this today concentrating more on the medium and process than the outcome and trying to take more risks. It appears to have energy and movement.

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First canvas: Stain painting

Last night I attempted my first painting onto unprimed canvas. I began by mixing my colours by adding water to acrylic paints so they were more like the consistency of the dyes have been using. I worked on the floor … Continue reading

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Return to Fabric

I looked back at some of my earlier work this week. When I saw the pieces on silk that I produced last Easter I was reminded of the wonderful subtlety of the bleeding of the dyes into the fabric and … Continue reading

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Todays Results

I have spent a large part of the day producing new work and also reworking some pieces I produced last week to strengthen the compositions. This piece is on silk and over a metre long. I used the seaweed based manutex … Continue reading

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Continuing practice

Today I carried on in the studio. I washed and worked over some pieces I did yesterday. This piece was a response to the pastel drawing I did the other week. I experimented with leaving creases in it making it … Continue reading

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Time to focus on practice

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 … Continue reading

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Raining: Night Lights

Painting with dyes on paper

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Working through processes

Processes and stages involved in working on a piece. White silk pleated and folded in half. Elastic band around the top, near the fold to act as resist. One end dipped into a purple dye, the rest into a dark … Continue reading

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Sample with folds

Sample using bleeding and folding on georgette silk/polyester fabric. The folded lines enhance the diaganal composition.

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Painting with dyes

Using dyes as watercolours for large scale work.

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Mud Dyeing

Click on the image to link to an excellent article by Judy Dominic in The Turkey Red Journal describing the process.

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Heliographic Fabric Painting

http://www.handmadeology.com/fabric-painting-tutorial-sun-printing/ Informative website with clear instructions.

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Shibori

I wish to explore this process in my work. Shibori comes from the verb root “shiboru” – to wring squeeze or press, and would be used to describe wringing out the washing. The emphasis is upon the action performed on the … Continue reading

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Storm

Dyed silk with discharge.

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Work in progress

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Layers

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Silk: folded circles

Dye left to bleed around circular objects as resists. Discharge paste applied along ironed folds to create bleached lines

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Resists, discharge, dyes

Fabric: Silk/cotton

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Gestural marks and intuitive gestures

A morning in the studio experimenting with pigment dyes. I worked on heavy gloss paper which absorbed the dyes beautifully (Gravue Empire Gloss 350gsm, provided by G.F. Smith, Hull) 640x900mm.I worked on several pieces at the same time to allow drying … Continue reading

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Making Marks

Bleeding dye into found objects Weights applied on top and left to dry Working on paper already covered in accidental marks and splashes.

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