Embroidery, Printing

Woven – 5th April 2021

This last couple of weeks has seen me moving on to Woven, the textiles whereby their decorative details have been incorporated into the cloth at the point of making, here heavy silk fabrics from the C18th.

I was aware that the process of designing each postcard could become mechanical as I have planned 12 designs, so I decided to return to the original designs of my printing plates over the last few years which I have all kept.

I have become better at writing down the plates design source and the date that they were created, as you see there are many. I then separated out the ones relating to my chosen subjects, lace, woven and to come stitch and print and designed the postcards from my original designs. This way I felt that I was remaining true to the original subject.

Here are the woven postcards, one at the top.

And the ones done so far, half way through the project.

The books that I have worked through, the Mary Thomas is particularly well thumbed!

Book Making, Embroidery, General, Printing

Process – Again! – 8th February 2021

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

Embroidery, Printing, Uncategorized

Steady Progress – 25th January 2021

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.