It is a relief to be able to pop in and out of the studio now that the weather is back to ‘late winter’ normal and so I’ve been able to commence printing my second plate inspired by ‘Vulnerable to Normal’ see my last blog post.
I had chosen silver with a touch of black for the colour, slightly different from the last print, but both colours refer to the shimmering effect of the silk fabrics. The print is 55cm x 11cm
The first alteration!
As yet I haven’t made any decisions about the next alteration, sometimes the decision making process can be as absorbing and interesting as the actual doing. I can spend a lot of time thinking.
And my reading, several books so reflecting the days inside reading!
I am aware that I frequently mention process, but it is essential to both printmaking and book construction. This flow of work has not been able to be maintained over the last couple of weeks mainly because of the inclement weather and my warm bloodied self to venture to the studio. Many times I have brought materials into the the house and then to optimistically return them to the studio, only to return them to the house. At the moment it looks as if I will remain in the house for several more days. It means that the process becomes disjointed and consequently I have several projects on the go. Still, following on from the last blog I constructed the plate designed from my second piece of woven silk.
I then started to cut away the background
The cutting away was completed but I got no further, it awaits better weather before I can print from the plate.
I did fold the four books and six greetings cards from my last print run, I need to decide a colour scheme and style before painting papers for their covers, which I want to match, so making ‘Vulnerable to Alteration’ a compact group.
I have read several books and continued with my note taking
Despite the influences of the weather, rain, snow and ice over the last ten days I feel that I have been constructive and made a little progress and that wasn’t just trying out a different cake recipe!
My aims were simple:
To continue working with the idea of ‘Vulnerable to Alteration’
To formulate a plan of work for the next couple of months
To continue with the reading across my book shelves.
Looking back I’m content with what I have achieved, bearing in mind deep concentration is a little elusive in these difficult times.
I altered my last printing plate by cutting out the top half and undertook a print run, which, when dry will make two books and six cards.
Then I looked at my second piece of woven silk, this had unpicked seams and further seam stitches and a few loose tacked threads in the body of the silk. so it had had at least two functions in the past. It’s a beautiful soft, draping silk dating from the 1760s and probably woven in Spitalfields in London.
I started drawing, re drawing and then working out the areas that I was going to cut away, just in case it might all fall apart.
And then I began to plan the details of each section, considering light and dark, fancy and plain. I am pleased that this plate has a different feel to the last plate, we’ll see how it works out.
My plan going forward revolves around bringing together the prints/plates from these lockdown months, most plates have a life expectancy of 10 prints and I have done very few of each. I am returning to idea of ‘Collection’, I see the work over the last year as a different definition of a collection. I hope that it will present an alternate perspective for me to consider.
My reading has gone well. I have been taking notes from each book, finding information that was worth noting and searching for similar textiles to those in my collection of fabrics, so building up my knowledge and reliving memories held within the books.