Last week, Dot asked me if I had been on workshop to learn to print. Here was my answer:
It is slightly complicated as there is more than one thing going on and I am not sure which process will win, if either! So:
The prints I took to a CQ West meeting are the result of a dreadful course at Trowbridge College (13 weeks – I wimped out at the end as the instructor was most unhelpful). But I did during the course do lots of research and found that I wanted to do monotypes. I found an artist online whose work I really like – Sandra Kelch. So I went to a printmaker in Trowbridge, Maxine Foster, for two days on my own – her brief was to teach me how to get the effects of Sandra’s work. She was good and taught me a lot of the techniques I should have learnt on the college course. At home, I have a frame makers press which seems to work fine for the type of printing I am doing. I am using Caligio inks as they are washable. I make card templates and coat them with pva to preserve them. I need to source a slightly thicker card – it works better. The templates are inked up and then I print them one at a time, layering them. This is how I am getting the prints below:
The last Facebook images are the result of a course with Simon Sonsino, http://www.simonsonsino.com/. Stephanie showed me his book last year and two weeks ago I did a course with him. He is a calligrapher gone native! This was my final piece on paper.
Simon has enabled me to add text to my cloth and just scribble and stamp using balsa wood sticks. I am using FW Acrylics and gesso (for the white). Also adding text using Sharpies and POSCA pens. Below is a detail picture of the fun I am having.
It is a much more liberated way of working. Now to start stitching.
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My blog has been very badly looked after – too many things happening and not much of it creative! I went to our local college to learn how to print – 10 weeks starting in April. It was a disaster – a tutor who taught us very little and was missing both a sense of humour and skill transfer abilities. A dreadful waste of money and exceedingly frustrating – shame the college has all the equipment.
So last week, I spent two days with Maxine – http://www.maxinefoster.com/www.maxinefoster.com/Home.html. She has a studio in her home. She listened to want I wanted to do and worked with me so that I understood the processes I need and bingo, I have had a great day getting it right today.
Used my own hand made templates – card and pva glue. And just played.
I now have lots to think about to get better compositions and have more control over the layering procesß to get both the colours and effects I want – no small task.
I hope you are stitching!
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I have given my SAQA Benefit Auction quilt to Alicia to take to Philadelphia for me. It was lovely to just rustle up a small quilt with left over fabrics from my Wide Horizons piece – and yes, that is now finished as well after much angst which has stopped me dealing with some admin I need to do!!
It is called Chusan – named by my husband as he felt the circles represented portholes.
Back to the admin – 2 SAQA newsletters to be written and images to be loaded onto a group website. Hope you have something more dynamic to do!!
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SAQA have an exhibition deadline coming up for the subject Turmoil. I entered a quilt on the parallel exhibition called Tranquility. It is very soft and pastel in colour – rusted and naturally dyed fabrics. I will post it when I hear whether it got in or not!!! In the meantime, here is Turmoil waiting to be bound, a task I always put off if I can.
I took it over to friends last weekend who looked at it for a few minutes before commenting that it was disturbing and uncomfortable to look at – that works for me. Turmoil it is. I need to bind, sleeve and label in in the next few days. Closing date is 29th February – Leap Year Day.
I hope you are working hard – Chrisse
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A friend, Amanda, and I decided some months ago that we would buy a number of different fabrics and see which ones dyed best and which ones would work best with the stitch techiniques we use. Finally last week, we cut up and dyed the fabric.
Here it is on the ironing board, prior to ironing and marking up the swatches.
It looks a little like an Indian dye shop – very bright colours. That is apart from the Chintz which has come out anaemic. It was PFD cotton but has dyed like a poly cotton. The polished sheen on it must inhibit the dye. Any ideas whilst I start ironing and labelling.
Happy new year to one and all.
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The show at UWE is on. Stephanie’s husband took the day off work to help us hang the work. My husband is currently on a motor bike in India with friends of a similar age!! Our stand looks really good. Here are a few photos. Firstly, some small collages on canvas.
and one of the walls with my work
and another wall
and some of Stephanie’s beautifully painted quilts – quilted glimpses from her home.
Will take pictures of other stands tomorrow.
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I have been experimenting and making fabric collages. Well, that is what I am calling them. As they are pieced rather than layered, technically, I guess they are not collages but I have been using the design concepts of collages. I have also been making holes in my quilts – purposely. The collages are mounted on canvases so through the holes is gesso’d in white to look like the wall behind them. Maria thinks I should actually cut holes in the canvases – currently that is a step too far!!!
Here is one:
To crop the above image, I used my PhotoElements app which I have never used before. And then I discovered a lovely feature which made the collage look very different. I rather like the new image!!!
All the collages will be on view at UWE, Bristol from 12th to 14th November at the West Country Quilt Show. I am sharing a stand with a friend, Stephanie Crawford who does lovely painterly quilts and wins important and pretigious awards.
Must get back to stitching on sleeves!
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