Textile Artist

February 1st Dye Results

Because I am dyeing a lot of blue in this batch of fabric and it often takes more time to fix, I have been very patient and left it in for 24 hours.  Meanwhile, I have been downloading and printing some of my photos of Iceland in the snow. I hope to work with these. My first job will be experimenting with replicating some snow and ice effects.

Blue Dyes on Ice

I placed several fabric types in this set up and used five blues and a little magenta, black and yellow dyes sprinkled on top.

Ice Melting

After a few hours the dye had worked off the top and into the fabric layer.

All colour no ice – nearly

ice has almost gone but I want to wait the 24 hours.

First rinse

Three fabric samples, more colourful in reality.

The 2 Totnes cottons

These were superb, finer threads, more of them to accept the dye.

Totnes lawn cotton

The Totnes lawn

There we go a hugely successful dye set to start me off and another post thanks to my IPad rather than my tablet ( and some guidance).

New Year 2017

Another new year and another attempt by me to crack the system for posting. I cannot believe how many problems I have encountered. I have resorted to WordPress For Dummies!

Last year was busy with the Travellers Tales exhibition and then ‘Roots, Shoots and Leaves’ . The latter was held in the wonderful barn at Wesrptonbirt Arboretum. I exhibited with the cyanotype method that I have described.

At present I am having the most wonderful fun with ice dyeing. This is the first time  I have tried it and am totally addicted. I set it up at night and then come down to the amazing results.

Set Up Ice

Here I have treated cotton with soda ash, scrunched and pleated it. Next laid on a mesh over a rack on the sink. Then come the Ice cubes and lastly carefully sprinkled procion dyes (warning wear mask if any respiratory problems).  Leave overnight and wash out as usual. Dry and iron, hey presto!!!!! The examples below are not from this dye set up.

A rose garden

 

Rose Garden 2
Ripples

 

 

 

 

Summer’s End

This is so belated I cannot believe how the months have passed. I have to say that it is more about HOW to post rather than complete abandon.

Here I am now. Summer has been as full as ever, being in Scotland and France.

My cyanotype project is what I want to show. Cyanotype is a method I have used on several pieces but always using my own photographs as a mask. In this piece, I developed my work further by using sketch as the mask.  In this technique, the fabric is dipped into a solution of sensitising chemicals and then dried before exposing to sunlight with the mask on top. The image is then revealed by washing out the fabric, leaving behind Prussian blue where the sunlight has fallen.

 

Sketch in thick pen on clear cellophane
Sketch in thick pen on clear cellophane
Fabric treated with chemicals, a green colour
Fabric treated with chemicals, a green colour
Detail of final piece
Detail of final piece

April Travels and Travellers Tales Exhibition

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Another month of rushing around but so wonderful to see so many things. I was at the house in France working on my pieces and thinking about the next ones to be created. Then off with my friend to the QG conference in Llandudno,next a trip to discover some of the treasures of amazing Berlin then on to old East Germany to visit friends and now am at the Bristol Guild gallery stewarding at the exhibition.  It is full of inspiring work – I love to discover what others create.

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Arusha to Zanzibar Trails

I have not had enough time to sketch, which is sad as that is how I often begin an idea for a piece. My two exhibition pieces in my mind are something to do with Japan for a group hanging with Contemorary Quilt Group. It has to be 36″ long but no other constrictions, and in my mind, I am wondering about returning to a cyanotype print using Japanese symbols and stitching. My second project has to involve nature and I did a birch tree study last year. I was cold and sitting on a pile of builders rubble but quite liked my large sketch. I would dye my fleece and hand stitch into the final piece.

 

France and Textiles

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imageMarch nearly disappeared and I am still working on my African pieces for the Travellers Tales exhibition at the Bristol Guild in April. My simple pieces are inevitably taking up time and thought. Lots of samples and trials.
I have enjoyed exchanging ideas with other members and gaining encouragement.
We are now in our house in Normandy and I have been working very hard here. I am on my third vessel which I hope will be the last and I am now hand stitching into my four panel pieces. I have to complete my pieces early as I am at the Quilters Guild AGM on handover day and will need to take them up country to another member.
I had hoped to have pictures from a French modern textiles exhibition to post but after an hour’s journey, guess what it was closed.
Here are pictures from our French house and one of work – still in progress.

Spring and Printing

Begining of February and it is so mild I keep thinking we are much further on in the year. Worried about the flowers popping out so early.

Last month, I began my 10 weeks printing course. We started with monoprints and when it came to the coloured ones I liked the colours flowing over each other so much, I printed that alone.

We progressed to collographs and had to do designs and experiment with textures and layers. My first was out of my head (not always a good idea with me) and I had to force myself to try new things because I really wanted

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a nice print and not to risk things too much. The second one I based on a drawing I had made years ago when visiting our daughter in Melbourne. It had a tree with many leaves. As I sat cutting and gluing down little fiddly bits of paper I though ‘this is not for me’
However……..

The next week we printed and wow! We used wet paper and a modern press to so relief and then dry paper and the most wonderful old press for intaglio. So smooth and simple. My intaglio was not good as I rubbed off too much ink. But it is all learning.

I also printed onto fabric. This had to be wet with wet paper too.

Now I am trying to learn how to cut vinyl which I have chosen in preference to lino. It is diffucult trying to work inreverse for the light and dark areas.

Meanwhile, I continue with my African pieces for the Travellers’ Tales exhibition.

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New Year New Work

I would like to start this process by saying good bye to my ‘Timeless Moon Over Ferns’ piece. As I have said elsewhere, it took me a year to create, working under very difficult conditions as our ‘new’ house was being renovated. However, if you look at it another way, perhaps it kept me sane. I was delighted to have it accepted as part of the South West Textiles Group’s exhibition at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. The exhibition looked superb and I was pleased (and sad) to sell the piece.
Next exhibition title is Travellers’ Tales and after several ideas I am going to work on an African theme using strips of African fabric as a base.

Timeless Moon Over Ferns
Timeless Moon Over Ferns
Patricia Hann - Timeless Moon and Ferns

Persian Carpet

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Gosh who would buy an Iranian carpet on the spur of the moment in Toronto? Us, ofcourse, and it is so wonderful. Woven then embroidered in the most beautiful colours.

Exhibition

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    At last I have had the opportunity to see our SWTG exhibition at the Taunton Museum and it is fab. Every piece is a wonder. Thought provoking but beautiful at the same time. The museum have hung it sensitively and with great skill. I am delighted.