Thursday, 10 May 2012

Making patterns and bleached patterned papers

The previous chapter showed marks made on papers for each animal theme.  For this chapter I have shown mark makers and the effect made when used with bleach.
Ref Page 34
Top image:foam fish stamp, a lace piece which did not work with bleach
second row: plastic embossed sheet, metal rasp, string fingerprint block, herringbone foam block
third row: foam cardboard and string block, feather foam stamp, nuts and bolts, linocut fish stamp
fourth row:magic sponge, didn't work, fruit net.
The most difficult aspect of printing with bleach was to ensure that not too much was used as the image spread on drying.  I had tried to use a milder 'cleanser' as bleach is not something I use but found the results disappointing so resolved to buy some bleach.  As I was concerned that the black tissue I had may have also been a problem I also dyed some white tissue with Quink.  A couple of the mark makers proved ineffective: the lace needed more pressure, I had previously used a printing press when printing this design;  the cardboard designs used too replicate human skin cross section collapsed under pressure and so felt the idea of monoprint as show in page 29 was a better option for taking inspiration from skin cross section
The results below show the impact of thick bleach on both types of paper.
Ref Page 35 a            Ref Page 35 b
Ref Page 35 c            Ref Page 35d
Ref Page 35e           Ref Page 35f
 As my heavy handed dipping of bleach had proved somewhat crude I decided to try a stitch pattern to control amount of bleach onto tissue.
While becoming stumped on the last part of Chapter 4 I had found an ammonite pattern which appealed.  I was also feeling anxious as I had not been doing stitching samples and the idea came, how about stitching a pattern on paper and dying through the paper.
The result of a shell pattern stitched, without thread,  is shown below:
 Again I overdid the bleach! Should show more patience...but liked the idea of the stitch marks perhaps, however, should consider a pricking on a firmer card as when making lace patterns.  I liked the idea that within the pattern there would be an option to put a variety of patterns within each section.
Now the task of stitching some samples!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Patterns from Animal markings

Aware of a need to carefully look at how to interpret patterns the idea was to concentrate on a type of pattern/marking in both a drawing, print ideas and stitch.  I had become overwhelmed by lots of pictures and sketches and couldn't see the relation with stitched samples so here goes...
The first part of the exercise was to make up story boards using pictures and papers that were being made from the inspiration.  A collection of the papers and swatches appears below each of the themed storyboards.
Starting with the ideas of Scales and fish I concentrated on herrings or Silver darlings as they are known in the North east of Scotland.  
                                           Ref Page 22 a word image sheet          Ref page 23 Range of pen drawings
Could these ideas from my word image sheet be used for printing blocks to sit behind machine stitched columns?
Ref page 22 a) 1 Herring bone stitch perle on 14 hole aida                             Ref Page 22 a) 2  bone game counter and ink drawing
Working on making printing blocks to progress designs for papers and eventually fabrics the following papers were printed;
Ref page 24 blocks made from word image and drawing sheets
From top left an inkjet print was made of punctuation marks in the shape of fish, an original pen and ink drawing on cartridge paper, a foam stamp made using printing ink pad, original pen  and ink drawing on  artist paper, foam stamps of herring bone and 'moving' shapes.
From Bottom left original pen and ink drawing on artists paper , print from lino cut using acrylic paint  and bottom sample using printing ink - have used pencil to indicate possible stitch line ideas, stamp made from fruit net and printing ink 
As well as using the papers for making cuttings for future paper samples my thoughts were considering using digital transfer prints of the samples onto fabric.
The second theme is Feather and birds:

Ref Page 25 word image sheets          Ref Page 26 drawing sheets including 
                                                  monoprints, pencil rubbings and pen drawings
Ref page 27
Top left and centre: monoprint mark making on acrylic painted acetate plate, top right: ink and PVA monoprint
Second row: Left and right monoprint on acrylic painted acrylic plate, centre: third pull of ink/PVA monoprint, 
Third row left: acrylic with medium print from foam stamp, centre: second pull of ink monoprint, right, pencil rub of stitched paper
Botton row: panels of pen drawings
The third theme is Skin:
The photo that started the wheels turning!
This little fellow was found on a walk last April and a colleague decided to take it along for part of the journey.  When looking through photos for animal images I was as much intrigued by the ‘skin prints’ of my friends hand!
Then the second photo came to hand!
While visiting Platt Hall, in Manchester this self portrait by Audrey Walker caught my eye. On the train journey home I decided that my skin section should include a study of the skin of the ‘human’ animal’ alongside  all my other animals.

and the resulting inspiration boards for humans and amphibian:
Ref Page 28 Image boards human skin, Ref page 29 paper patterns
Patterns from page 29 top left: footprint cut in strips, top right; print of felt tip drawing of fingerprints in alternate directions, 
Second row: mono print acrylic paint and medium on acetate plate first and second pull,
third row; crumpled newspaper rolled with acrylic, magic sponge printed, pencil rub embossed sheet, block print string fingerprint
fourth row:  Think these may be disallowed, see below!! acrylic print from embossed papers as with pencil rub above 
I felt the human skin patterns could keep me going for a lifetime!  But also included early rock drawings, petroglyphs/graphs, which fascinate me.  Their history and design simplicity  are something to inspire one on a journey where you are trying to find impact and storytelling in a chosen images.
On the amphibian board I chose to put a full blown up picture of the frogs reflection as I felt this could be cut into strips making an interesting composition in the seminole this to be allowed? 
The paper themes for amphibians
Ref Pages 30  
The papers from top left are a magic sponge print using acrylic paint, bubble wrap print with acrylic paint, original pen and ink drawing on cartridge paper, sponge print(second pull off) using acrylic paint, print off of frogging patterns, below which I have made a simple one with silk rats tails - a possible printing stamp!  Below this a series of doodles based on frog footprints and stages of life.  In the bottom centre a series of round patterns made using various stitches on the machine...see rubbing below.
Ref Page 30 a) detail of pencil rubbing 

The last of my inspiration boards shells, horn, beak and claw:
Ref Page 31  word and image board             Ref page 32 patterns, 
Ref Page 33 Ammonite
I had hoped that the strong shapes would inspire lots of patterns and tried to make the patterns shown on page 32 more dynamic by joining them in a series of radiating patterns but they just appeared cumbersome.  While going through my papers I found this simple pattern of an ammonite and decided this could be the piece to work  to concentrate on.  The results move on into the next chapter...

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Tonal Effects

 For this chapter a series of machine stitch samples on white cotton have been made using my Bernina Activa  140 machine.  I recorded the stitch number used and varied stitch length and width to change the appearance of the stitch across the 4 inch samples. Page numbers and sample references are on each page.
Ref 9 samples a and b    Page 10 samples c and d
  Page 11 samples e and f Page 12 samples g and h
Page 13 samples i and j Page 14 samples k and l
The next set of samples was done with loosening the spool to allow threads to show through and with placing perle threads in spool.  The sample on page 15m) shows the degrees of loosening the spool tension.
 Page 15  samples m and n Page 16 o and p
 Page 17 samples q and r Page 18 samples s and t
Page 19 samples u
Making the stitch samples was a harder exercise than I anticipated. Vary the length and width while sewing proved difficult in keeping ones eye on direction!!! If I tried to pause between varying width or length the piece tended to look bumpy!  I didn't seem to get the differential in stitch widths that was shown in manual and am unsure why this is the case.
I have mounted samples so that I can look at the back of each piece as in some instances the back was as interesting as the 'front'.  Most of the samples would have improved if I had used more double thickness of fabric, however, I told myself the samples would look better once pressed and just kept going!!  

 When starting to do the columns I felt I needed to take careful note of texture patterns in my animal collection before hurrying ahead with samples.  This would help me compare drawings and stitches from the 4 inch samples more closely.