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Rust Dying & Using Copper Foil in Textile Art

I’ve been having some experimental fun dying fabric with rusting metal & thankfully the outcome has been a success. last week I brushed a mix of vinegar & water onto fabric  then laid on some steel wool & pieces of rusting metal. Sprayed on more of the vinegar & water mix, covered in plastic sheeting & left for 24 hours (I did peek a few times, couldn’t help myself). Below you can see some detail of the outcome of which I am very pleased.

The fabric is going to be incorporated into a project based on a Bronze Age Shield on display in the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. The work will be in an exhibition in October 2015 in the Museum with the South West Textiles Group of which I am a member. Please feel free to take a look at the website by clicking on the link. I have constructed an image of the shield from linen painted in powdered copper mixed with a medium gel & copper foil.

After spending hours constructing the shield I then spent a far shorter time deconstructing it which entailed a combination of burning the fabric & aging the copper foil. The copper foil needs to age more yet & I may deconstruct the shield even more later but I want to see how it looks with the rest of the work before doing any more.

I will post more as the work progresses.

 

 

Textile Art & Mixed Media Paintings at Easton Arts Trail

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

Textile Art & Preparing for Easton Arts Trail

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.

Using Medium Gel To Create Image Transfers On Fabric – Part Five

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.

Moonrise over 'The Rumps' - Polzeath Cornwall.

Moonrise over ‘The Rumps’ – Polzeath Cornwall.

Detail of Moonrise over 'The Rumps' - Polzeath Cornwall.

Detail of Moonrise over ‘The Rumps’ – Polzeath Cornwall.

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 😀

 

Using Medium Gel To Create Image Transfers On Fabric – Part Four

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.

Prepared fabric & Image

Prepared fabric & Image

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.

Fabric with medium applied

Fabric with medium applied

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.

Applied Image

Applied Image

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.

Burnishing the image

Burnishing the image

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.

Removing the paper

Removing the paper

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.

Finished transfer waiting to be used

Finished transfer waiting to be used

I hope you have a go at some of these techniques and explore use of different surfaces as I intend to.

Using Medium Gel To Create Image Transfers On Fabric – Part Three

In this post I will show you how to create transparent transfers using medium gel which can be incorporated into a piece of textile art work. To create the transfer you need a printed copy of the image, I decided to experiment with three different images, one of the images can be seen below.

Printed Image Each imaged was covered with several layers of medium gel. You do need to wait for each layer to dry before applying the next one. An even coat is also important, not to thick but also not to thin.

Medium Gel applied

Medium Gel applied

Once the gel has dried thoroughly – if you can be patient it’s better to wait 24 hours – place the image into some water and start rubbing the paper side gently with your fingers, some people use sponges but for this process I like to use my fingers as you can feel when most of the paper has been removed. Magically the image starts to appear, be patient you need to make sure all the paper has been removed or you are left with a thin misting of paper over the image.

Rubbing off the paper

Rubbing off the paper

Once you are happy all the paper has been removed leave the images to dry, they do shrink slightly. If when dry you notice some paper still remaining, damp the area and gently rub with your finger.

Below are the finished images, I have placed a piece of colored cloth behind to show the transparency of the transfers.

In my next post I will be exploring how to apply the paper images directly onto fabric. Remember keep playing & keep having fun.