Friday, 24 February 2012
I'm getting through silkscreens like billy-o now! My hand's getting cramps from drawing kodatraces and my eyes are starting to go weird and I've only just begun - Yikes!
This orange piece to the left is another example of my highly skilled shibori technique (?!) which will serve as a ground. The idea for the batik and shibori grounds I'm using stem (hehehe) from the textures found in the plantforms from which all my imagery is based.
These prints are not in their final stage yet, I'm playing with the imagery by mixing and matching motifs and they will develop in a highly appropriately organic manner.
Next week I have to forsake the print room to run a huge errand in London (life outside college just will not wait till I'm finished dammit!) which I must admit I'm not happy about. They've been so quiet and peaceful and the luxury of space is something that surely can't last.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
I've made a start on some final design ideas - just about 150 more kodatraces to draw!
I've been trying some batik grounds and some crazy shibori techniques but there's so much to do I almost don't know where to start!
Anyhoo, here's a print I've begun this week that's looking pretty good if I do say so myself!
Last month I spoke to a lovely man by the name of Michael Wong who works for Bay Plastics Ltd based in North Shields, Tyne and Wear. He and the company agreed to sponsor me for my degree show by donating acrylic mount which I'm using as printing block mounts. They were really helpful and generous - thank you guys! The transparency makes placement and registration of imagery easier than traditional wood. I'm hoping to try a few different ideas so watch this space!