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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.

 

 

Publication in “Be Creative” Magazine

My copy of Be Creative by Workbox came through the post this morning and I was really pleased to see a full page image of my textile work looking back at me. Thank you  for reproducing a great image of my work.

Please click on the link above if you would like to visit Be Creative’s website

Latest creation in Textile Art – Storm Brewing over ‘The Rumps”, Polzeath. Cornwall

Latest small work completed (4″x4″) – ‘Storm Brewing on The Rumps, Polzeath. Very pleased I managed to incorporate beach finds – fishing line & dried seaweed. All small pieces will be for sale – £75 framed in oak box frame, £50 unframed. If interested in purchasing an pieces of artwork please message me using the contacts page.

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Latest creation in Textile Art – Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales

I’ve been asked to make some smaller pieces of work for Thread 58 in West Street, Bristol.  Below is the first piece I have created – Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales, it measures 4″x4″.

Textile Art - Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales

Textile Art – Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales

I usually work on a larger scale so it has been an interesting experience working in miniature, more pieces to come soon. Please message me if interested in purchasing a piece or have an image you would like me to create on commission.

Textile Artwork For Sale At Thread58

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.

My purchase from Thread 58

My purchase from Thread 58

Creating Fabric With Mixed Media

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

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

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 😀

 

Welcome To my Website & Blog

Welcome to my website, please take the time to look around.

At this moment I have only developed the front page and my blogging page but decided to publish anyway. As my site is about creating objects and imagery I felt it was important to share this process as well. So over the next few weeks you can watch my website develop, shape and grow. I want the site to become organic and change as I develop new work and discover new and exciting things either relating to inspiration and others artwork.

Please keep coming back and let me know what you think about the things you see and read about