I’ve been printing and dyeing again, producing more densely patterned and coloured fabric, which I still haven’t got time to use. But, there are plans forming, so maybe waiting won’t be a bad thing, up to a point. I do like my ideas to develop through doing as well as designing though, so when I have finished my current project, I will be experimenting with the new fabric.
I have been experimenting with different fabrics, and have decided that although white cotton gives good results, the Procian dyes are so vivid and strong that calico gives the result I like best; the colours are very much richer. I’ve always loved calico; the print above is on some medium weight calico. I printed images first using thermofax screens and acrylic paint mixed with print medium, then painted on dyes afterwards. I will reverse that process I think, as there was a little loss of the acrylics, due to the fabric being kept wet; the print medium may have weakened the acrylic too. Should be fine though, and at least I can use up a lot of mixed dyes, and get a lot of fabric ready for a good printing session; I still have screens I have made that I haven’t used yet.
I particularly enjoy the overlaying of the screen prints, they are very versatile, if a little messy to wash. I was lucky enough to be at the Bramble Patch in Northamptonshire for two days doing this work, with the use of their excellent wet studio.
Guess who I was working with at the Bramble Patch. Yes, it’s her again, Hilary of the Beattie. This is how we professional photographers record our work. It was a very good couple of days, work and fun combined.