Friday, 23 April 2010

Alchemy and Regrets

firstly i must say i never want to do this exercise again!!!! it was a nightmare! anyway the exercise in question was to take metallic threads and work firstly with a warm colour in the bobbin as above in 1. (orange)
then to take the same metallic with a cold colour in the bobbin as in 2 (grey)
finally in 3 the brief was to take the same metallic thread and work it with a range of bobbin colours to see how they appear and change the top colour. i chose yellows, with a fluorescent yellow in the middle. before this exercise which i was putting off for a long time, i worked on metallics on textile.
i first tried out various samples to see how things worked using a range of transfoils, metallic wrappers,
glitter, paint and silver leaf
then on to actual larger samples, 6 is printed with textile paints and gold tissue applied
7 textile paints applied directly with a brush, and edge of card
8 using Markal paint sticks and fingers! working through stencils and torn paper to produce interesting edges.
9 on a semi transparent fabric textile paints worked through stencils
10 working again with paint and sellotape shapes to mask areas
11 using silver leaf with pva over tissue and card shapes
12 using pieces of card to mask areas and then glitter applied through stencils onto pva
13 using transfoil shapes on transfer adhesive both positive and negative shapes and working some over paper shapes
14 using transfer adhesive to see how detailed you can use it, with sweet wrappers too
15 top shows transfoil applied with pva which gives it a much denser effect than the transfer adhesive, below using embossing glitter on machine stitch
and finally for this section using transfoil and transfer adhesive again to see how much detail you can achieve, this measures about 8cm across. more with actual metal to follow!!
Finally i have to say how disappointed i am not to be going to the 'Visual thinking Unpicked', 'Thinking Symposium' as i have just learnt that David Littler of Sampler Culture Clash will be running a workshop 'Looping something from nothing'. if anyone is signed up to do this workshop please report back i am dying to do one sometime!


  1. Sorry to read that the first part of this exercise was a bit of a trial there are always a few like that. I love the paint experiments in pics 6,7.8 and also 13 and 15 you've got some wonderful colours and textures.
    The symposium was brilliant, quite mind stretching concepts from some speakers and thought provoking nudges from others. It really helped me focus on my creative direction and clarified a lot of my wooly thoughts.
    Sorry to report that I didn't do the workshop as I'd gone up with my DD and I wanted to spend time with her.
    The PV was lovely and the exhibition beautifully presented and a breathe of fresh air to see the thinking behind the artists' working practices.