A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
We have a great line-up of people and techniques coming your way for 2015! If you have a favorite surface designer you would like to see on the FIRE blog, please let us know and we will contact them.
From all of us at "And then we set it on fire", we thank you for being part of our surface design family.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
First was drawing straight lines on the screen with thickened dye. I had drawn much straighter lines on my first screens but when I got to these I was tired and just went for kinda straight. The first is navy blue dye. The next is orange dye with blue drops from where I stacked the blue screen on top of the orange screen to dry. When the orange screen was not drying fast enough, I propped it up so it would dry faster. Yep, then I got running. Yep, that is one screen with lots of serendipity.
Here are the results of the screens. Some are just one screen and some are two. For all of them I used a blue/green dye paste to release. I love the details on these prints.
I think the thing to note here is that my results were very different from Beth's. You'll need to go back to her posts to see what I mean. Our process is different. Overall she likes to have just a few prints with distinct marks from her deconstructed screens and she usually uses just plain print paste to release the dye. Each of her screens will make just 4 or 5 prints before she considers them exhausted. I, on the other hand, like to produce yardage, layer the screens, use colored dye paste to release, and I print a dozen or so from my screens before I consider it exhausted. I love the indistinct subtle marks for layering. Just a reminder that there is no right or wrong but just personal style.
Oh, I loved the results of this experiment and immediately turned it into a quilt for my great nephew, Nick. The quilt top can best been seen on my blog here.
I came across these 2 pieces of material when I was looking for pink or green fabric for my current project. It is from the first experiment that Beth and I tried. I am not sure of the date but it might have been four years ago. I was the "teacher," though I had never done it, and she was the willing student. I dyed the screens ahead of time and then we used the soda ash print paste to release the dyes. We didn't even have squeegees that fit the screen and instead scraped with an old credit card. You can see the lines created by the credit card. I am pretty sure I had previously died the fabric pink so the screen printing was just the green. I loved my results but Beth (who likes color, all color, all the time) was not impressed.
Beth kept experimenting and then invited me over for another lesson. She was the teacher this time. Here are some more prints from that session of deconstructed screen printing. This is maybe just from a couple of years ago. I finally got smart and started laying more than one screen.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Anyway, lets talk about the award winning quilt. When we entered the show we were told no cameras. I was disappointed but agreed to the restriction until I came across an award winning quilt. I then went back to the front desk and begged. They said I could take a picture but not post it till I had the permission of the artist. They even gave me the contact information. I contacted the artist, Ayn Hanna, as soon as I got home and she not only gave me permission but agreed to an interview for the Fire Blog.
Here is what she said about herself in reply to my original email. I had told her that I was a printmaker in addition to being a fiber artist.
I am a printmaker as well (earned my MFA at Colorado State University) and didn’t start working in textiles until several years after grad school. I’m now working to bring my printmaker aesthetic to the textile medium and I view the breakdown screen-printing process as a most perfect blend of drawing, painting and printing. I love it much as I love other printmaking processes - because the marks achievable in this process are not achievable any other way, and I enjoy working within mediums that are not 100% controllable by the artist.
First her quilt and then the interview.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Single pull of yellow dye on the screen and below is a single pull of green on the screen
Friday, December 19, 2014
I pulled green and blue through the screen but look at those little bits of golden yellow!! I LOVE this.