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!
Yesterday was the first of what I hope will be many – a study day supporting individual practice at West Dean College. I did not arriving knowing what I was going to do (unlike everyone else) but the word “respond” struck a chord and I decided to look at some of my found objects with that in mind. Below is a lovely bit of metal that I found on the shore near my home – I find it beautiful in its own right and would happily live with it framed on my wall but here is my response to it.
I used layers of acrylic ink and paint with wax resist to create a group of four:
A useful tip is to work on top of a good piece of paper – you create a series of loose and unintentional marks that might just look good:
The second found object was a piece of plastic found whilst walking along the harbourside at Bosham – on the back it reads “Discharge” and it was the top section of a plastic folder – something to do with copying I think. Anyway, whatever it is, I like it! Again I worked with layers and scratch marks to create a group of six small works which I was pleased with:
It was a first for me to work this small and I will do so again. I’d also like to try this really big … and on fabric ….
Who knew it would be such a palaver! I wanted to display two images – one showing my mixed media painting and the other to display my work using found objects. It was not too hard to choose a layout which suited this but choosing images that were a suitable size to fit the card and still allow the required text was a little more time consuming. Luckily my husband deals with such technological matters but it took him a good half a day to get it right!
The main image is a mixed media painting inspired by a visit to Birling Gap.
The reverse is “Crow” made from Chichester Harbour found objects. I think the two images compliment each other and give an impression of what I like to do.
The cards themselves are made from recycled T shirt fabric which I felt fitted well with my pledge to do my bit for the environment. Thanks to www.moo.com.