Friday, 6 September 2013

relics, remains...

Continuing on with work on rust print cotton a kantha piece of work was completed after Dorothy Tucker's Textile Study Group's Summer School...this piece entitled 'quirks' is the finished piece:
In the dictionary a 'quirk' is described as: an abrupt twist or curve or a peculiar trait. But it is also the name of a small triangular shape used to join gusset or the 'chottes' of the finger to the main trunk of the glove
A series of rust prints will form the basis of my collection for  North East Open Studios at Art in the Buchat, Glenbuchat, Strathdon. This is part of one of the pieces that will be on show 
relics, remains... glyphs
rust print on cotton

The preview on Friday 13th September went well.  Fourteen of my pictures were hung and this shows the layout, and while the reflections distort some of the images I rather like the effect from outside the window on the bottom left picture.  
Francis Crawford was the mentor in hanging and over a four day period a variety of artist, each needing their own space and guidance, were helped to make the space a gallery of variety and interest

Intrigued by the potential of rust dyeing and printing my thanks go to Helen Denerley for her encouragement and the use of the Clashnettie Studios for the making of the  relics, remains... series.  During a five day period in June I had the opportunity to experiment with fabrics, shapes and techniques in a studio that offered fantastic, light, space, atmosphere and silence.  
When the process of dyeing was completed I had the enjoyable task of deciding whether to enhance with stitch or leave alone.  In one instance stitching had been put onto the fabric prior to the dyeing process but in other instances thread had been dyed beside certain pieces and this was used.  
Living with the pieces revealed many possibilities not least how to show other aspects of the prints and the dyeing process.  My thanks go to Jean Bell at the IT Centre Alford for sharing her skills and patience with wonderful enthusiasm.    
More details will be revealed of individual pieces as the show continues.  Here are a few more photo's of the glyph design that is in the opening paragraph.  Two triptychs were made, as shown below,  as well as the large framed piece seen in second on the left in top row of the main exhibition slide.
 glyph triptych I    glyph triptych II
print of rust print on cotton
Another set of snapshots from the series:
detail from runrig
rust print on hand stitched calico
                   rust print on calico                
detail from ripples
stitch detail and glass on rust print muslin

detail from revealed
rust print on muslin and paper
detail from relief
  hand stitch on rust print cotton

A series that will continue - work in progress