Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hand Printing - Japanese Style

I thought I might have occasional blog posts on other artists who hand print on fabric. Screen printers to start with then maybe lino prints and wood cuts, and see how far I get. I will trawl Etsy and Madeit and the web generally to find like souls who have lovely designs, interesting blogs and stories to tell. It will be fascinating to see what I find, and a great way to learn a bit more about this absorbing art form. Of course I will be particularly inspired by nature influenced designs. So to kick off I thought I would feature Japanese surface pattern designer Kalla  (Hitomi Kimura) who has a blog (in English) at  http://kalladesign.blogspot.com/ and website at http://kalladesign.blogspot.com/.  From her website - her Bird print made into this stunning tea cosy.

I love her blog posts and photographs which talk about the creative process, how her designs evolve, the use of mood boards and colour mixing, the printing process and her studio setup. Quite inspirational. I particularly identifed with the posts about colour management - the importance of being able to make the same colours again and having a system to do this, but also the delight in making beautiful colours by accident. One of her recent blog posts is titled - Looking for Mr Red - oh how I know that feeling.
Here's the link to her Etsy site http://www.etsy.com/shop/kalla and I can't resist including another photo of one of her beautiful yet so simple designs

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Printing on Silk

I've been wanting to try screen printing on silk for a while. So I bought some blank silk scarfs online and tried a few different techniques. First I tried diluting the colour with transparent white fabric ink - ratio of about 1:10 to see if I could create paler more translucent colours. I used mid blue and light blue in order to try out the ombre effect - also known as a blend, a rainbow or a split fountain. It looked good on my cotton test pieces although I think I could have had a slightly darker blue.

But printing on the silk was very difficult. You can see how fine the fabric is, so the ink goes right through and onto the backing cloth. Very difficult to remove without getting ink everywhere.

I did manage to produce one scarf that I'm reasonably happy with and I've got a few "mistakes' I can keep practising with. I think the trick will be to let the ink dry in situ before lifting the fabric.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bags (and other things) now at Bribie

I can report that my work has been accepted by the Bribie Island Arts Centre and I have left a selection of shoulder bags, purses, placemats and tea towels in their shop. I also have some cafe aprons destined to go there next time I visit. Very pleased :-)

I actually went there to meet their artist of the month - well known local artist Ellie Neilsen - and listen to her talk about etchings, linocuts and screenprints. She concentrates on etchings and showed us some amazing examples of her work. I purchased one of her little water colours - my old friend Viola hederacea!

It was a superb day at Bribie Island so I camera clicked as well.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Running Postman

That's the name of this little character - or more formally Kennedia prostrata. Another plant in my garden flowering for the first time :-). But I'll have to watch this one as it seems keen to take over the fence and invade the letterbox as well. I'll have the real postman complaining if I dont watch out.