Having completed four weeks of the ten weeks in Lisa Call’s Working in a Series class, I think it is probably time to show that I have actually been doing something. I decided to use some of the images that I took down at Belper Mill as my inspiration and whilst I haven’t actually got anything that constitutes an actual series at the moment there is at least a common element.
My first piece was made by printing various images that I had layered and altered in Photoshop and then piecing them together. I used silk noil and silk/cotton mix fabric.
27″ x 20″
The following week we had to consider colour. I decided to use a monochromatic colour scheme which ranged from deep burgundy to a very light pink, all done by varying the saturation in Photoshop. The various images were then printed onto silk/cotton mix fabric and collaged together. I used these colours as I don’t normally work with pinks (the colours are for you Shirley!) but was actually quite pleased with it in the end. The cogwheel motif is the only thing linking the pieces together at the moment.
12″ x 12″
This week we had to consider space and scale. I have been working entirely with printed images up until now but decided to bring some of my dyed fabric into the mix. The background is pole dyed silk noil, the windows are printed onto silk organza and the cogwheels are made from a piece of silk/cotton which I had printed with a rust image. It took me along time to get going with this one and, as it is only 8″ x 8″, it will double up as this month’s journal quilt for the Contemporary Group’s challenge.
This coming week we are doing shape and texture design exercises and, as the assignment is due to be up on the website at midnight next Saturday, I don’t think I’ll be getting much sleep this week. I have a two day class with Catherine Nicholls at the Bramble Patch on Wednesday and Thursday (there are still a couple of places left), a tour of the PDSA hospital on Derby on Tuesday afternoon and my cat cuddling at The Ark starts on Monday morning. To add insult to injury, the clocks go forward an hour in the UK tonight so that’s one hour less available to me!
One thing I should mention is the current exhibition at the Beetroot Tree which is on until April 12th if you are local and fancy a trip down there. It is called Of Heat and Chaos, featuring felt landscapes from Diana Worthy, interactive sculptures from Jack Sawbridge and ceramics from Ben Brierley. Quite a small exhibition but very interesting.
Whatever your schedule is for the week ahead, I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for dropping by.