On the last day, I made some more paper collages and then moved on to working with fabric. Caroline Bartlett was very helpful in experimenting and suggesting a way of using the screens to print images that were looser and more akin to drawing. This was more appealing to me and I returned to my group of chosen objects:
Working on a screen I used three different tools to draw these and came out with an image which I felt better suited my style of working:
I felt that this had possibilities although this version is a little too busy. I prefer the reverse – as is often the case!
So I will now write up my notes, process my photographs and take a little time to digest all that I have learned, but, in the meantime, a big thank you to Caroline and the rest of the group – many lessons learned by all!
Caroline had given us a couple of demonstrations showing mono printing and screen printing so my next test was to produce a screen printing. This is something that I felt was a challenge as I consider my work to be “grunge art!”. It is far apart from the neat and perfect finish that you think of when considering a screen print. But I had a go …. I selected one of my found objects and made a stencil. Next I considered how I might use the screen print and selected a gum arabic transfer of one of my photographs (Itchenor, Chichester Harbour – the source of the object) and a page of text I had written about drinks cans. My idea was to make the screen print transparent so that the image and the text could be viewed through it.
Distressed Fanta Can
Stencil cut out over gum arabic print of Itchenor
Stencil cut out over my text
I thought these effects were promising so went on to produce a series of screen prints:
- Screen prints over gum arabic prints
- Whilst I liked these, they were not really “me.” I parked these and moved on but, for the sake of continuity, this next image shows the next stage in the life of these prints. I will continue to work on them at home. This distressed effect is much more in keeping with my ethos.