Author: Michelle Cook
I had the fortune of finding a treasure trove of vintage fabrics, lace & other textile objects at a shop in Old Market, Bristol called Thread 58 and had a pleasant time talking about textiles & textile art with Bridget Edwards & Rhyannan Hall.
I now have two pieces of my textile art on display & for sale at Thread 58 if your in the area do take the time out to take a look, over the next few weeks I’m making some smaller pieces to place in the shop along with some blank art cards. I will keep you updated of my progress.
Artwork for sale in Thread 58
Below is a collection of the bits & pieces I purchased from Thread 58, just looking at it makes me happy. You can also find Thread 58 on Facebook & Twitter, click on the highlighted text to follow the links.
Creating fabric using beach finds – primarily fishing line, waste thread & scrap fabric. Very pleased with the end result. This piece will be incorporated into a piece of work inspired by coastal surfaces
Below are the results of my Crumble/Tray dyeing – achieved the muted colours I wanted, very pleased with the outcome
Below are the results of my space dying, these are slightly more vibrant than I wanted but still very happy. Now I can start incorporating them into my next project, feeling very excited.
I am exploring different ways of encouraging people to engage with my artwork and have decided to use Facebook to giveaway a piece of my textile art. I have observed other artists doing this and am interested if it has a positive outcome.
The piece is called “I Want To Soar….High In The Skies” It measures 16cmx13cm & mounted.will fit nicely in a box frame 25cmx25cm. It is made up of: Textiles, transfer print, hand stitching & beach finds (worn glass, fishing line & feathers).
If you would like to own the piece of work shown below then click on the link to my Facebook page and follow the instructions for the post titled: Textile Art Giveaway – Good Luck
Well, that was a full on weekend taking part in Easton Arts Trail. During the weekend I had a visit from a lovely lady who lived in Ilfracombe and was on the lookout for potential exhibitors in Ilfracombes arts trail in 2015, sounds exciting and will definitely explore further. Received lots of very positive feedback especially about my most recent textile art pieces. It can feel very scary putting your work out in your own home for others to view, but I am very pleased I did it.
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to come to the arts trail I have posted some pictures for you to view, maybe you can make it next year
Hopefully if you like some of what you see you will come & view the artwork for yourself next year
I have just completed another piece of textile art using a similar theme to the last one (see post: Using Medium Gel to Create Images on Fabric – Part 5 Feb 23rd 2014). The image was created while walking on ‘The Rumps’ Polzeath, Cornwall, it was early evening in August and the moon was rising. While creating this piece I wanted to incorporate pieces of fishing line and wood I had found while strolling on beaches, especially after storms and we have had a few of them this year! I hope by recycling these objects I’m contributing in some way to conservation.
It has taken me a while to complete this piece but I am pleased with the end result. I am hoping to get it mounted and framed in time for the Easton Arts Trail taking place on 14th & 15th June – this weekend! If your in Bristol please pop in and say hello. Both pieces of work will be for sell I am still working out a price.
Things are definitely hotting up in the household preparing for Easton Arts Trail (link to facebook page) I have been making bunting for the trail & also for a very special little girl, her face was magical when she seen it. I am looking at making named bunting to sell, £3 per letter if made with 100% cotton, £2.50 per letter if made from poly cotton The colours are more vibrant if felt is used for the lettering (see Easton Arts Trail bunting), I’m happy to make to requests. If interested please use my contact page to message me or go to my facebook page by clicking on the link and message me. Hopefully see some of you at the arts trail.
Easton Arts Trail is fast approaching and like many other participating artists I am busy preparing pieces of art work to put on show. The event takes place over the weekend 14th & 15th June. Please come and take a look, the atmosphere is always upbeat and welcoming. You can download a map on Easton Arts Trail website ( click highlighted text for a direct link).
Along with showing my art work I will be selling some craft items, cards with images of art work on and (hopefully) some cakes and drinks.
Below are some images of a 27 flowered garland I recently crocheted, one of the items that will be on sell. I look forward to seeing you there.
There are other approaches to creating transfers using medium gel but before we take that journey I want to share with you a finished piece of work incorporating two of the transfers I created. Using my camera I captured the image of a Peregrine in flight & the moon rising over ‘The Rumps’ in Polzeath, Cornwall. I made adjustments to both the images on Photoshop and then used both these images to create transfers on to fabric.
I used a mixture of mediums to create the image but primarily textiles, wool, embroidery thread & acrylic paint.
I’ve had great fun creating this image & I can’t wait to get started on the next. I hope you enjoy looking as much as I have enjoyed creating. Need to mount and frame then it will be for sale, price to follow 😀
Who would believe there are so many ways of creating transfers using medium gel! Well I’m definitely having fun exploring them, so much so I think it’s worth continuing to share them. The method I’m sharing in this post is using images printed on paper and transferring them onto fabric. The general rule is to use photocopies or laser jet prints. I have always been one to break the rules and as I only have access to a photocopier or inkjet printer I decided to use some of my inkjet prints. I found they work just as well, you have to be careful when rubbing off the paper to not remove the image, but it does work.
Once you have chose an image select some fabric and cut to size, make sure it is larger than the image you want to use. I used a disappearing pen to mark where I wanted the image to go, not necessary but it does insure you don’t put medium where it’s not needed.
I secure the fabric with masking tape, not too much as it can be difficult to take off. Then apply a generous but even layer of medium, I make sure it’s thick enough to still see but not so thick that I can’t see the fabric through it.
Once you are happy with the amount of medium applied place your image face down on the fabric & medium. Be careful not to slide the image as it will cause it to smudge.
Once applied you need to gently burnish the image with your finger or a spoon to make sure all of the image is in contact with the fabric. If there are any air bubbles, no matter how small the image won’t take.
Now come the part which tests your patience. You have to wait until the image is completely dry before revealing the image, if you try to remove the paper to soon the image will also come away. Once dry, I dip the fabric in water quickly then lie it flat and gently rub with a sponge or my fingers to remove the paper and watch the image reveal itself, again, be careful when rubbing that you don’t remove the image as well. I like the effect of some of the image being removed.
If paper fibers reappear when the fabric is dry, carefully wet the area and gently rub with your finger you will feel the paper lift away. I rinse under a tap quickly to take away any residual paper but don’t over rinse.
Once the image is dry you can incorporate it in artwork or leave it as it is both approaches are beautiful. Below is the image dried and waiting for me to decide what to do with it.
I hope you have a go at some of these techniques and explore use of different surfaces as I intend to.