28 June 2016

St. Ives Textiles on a journey

we haven't shared any work here for a while
however, we have been very busy working samples and ideas for our show
towards the end of April the group enjoyed a two day workshop with Kim Thittichai
exploring printing techniques in sketchbooks and on fabric

it was quite a journey ...

 working on large sheets of paper, filling the space with dark thick lines and marks
and then focusing in on areas of interest

black paper designs were cut out and flipped to create positives and negatives
the designs were taken from the large paintings

 the designs were then traced and transferred to adhesive foam using carbon paper
to create small printing plates with the positive and negative design

on the right you can see the completed print using positive and negative printing blocks

the foam plates themselves were very beautiful

Kim's journey workshop began with a large design
and ended with some interesting shapes
and a great many designs printed with carbon paper that can be used in the future
the printing blocks were easy to create
and can be used over and over many times ...
there were some inspiring finished prints
Margaret has used a design from her Troika inspired sketchbook (below)

to create some beautiful plates with her strong Troika shapes

Margaret used her positive and negative plates to print on fabric
which she machine stitched into to enhance the design
she used the hand printed fabric to make this beautiful bag
with carefully selected button to finish

you can see all of the sketchbook samples at the St. Ives Textiles show in September
17 - 24 September 2016 at Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St. Ives, Cornwall
Margaret will have a range of her beautiful bags on display and for sale
each one is handmade, unique and one of a kind
the workshop was enjoyed by all and we would very much like to thank Kim Thittichai
for travelling down to the far south west to meet us and share such a fun workshop
it was great to meet you
thank you Kim Thittichai