Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Paint and dye and all things nice

You know how sometimes life is just kind to you? Well I've just had had one of those moments ... I've been starting a new collage and was feeling that despite having spent lots of time painting and dyeing, I didn't seem to have much of what I needed, which was a nuisance and was threatening to mean more painting (not that painting is really a hardship - I am just in rather a hurry). I decided to take a break and get the old blog updated - and thus started by downloading and editing a bunch of photos. Whilst doing this I came across images of just the cloths I wanted and then realised I had left a whole pile round the corner when I started work. Joy!! Cloths found and palette looked a lot better. It is sad that I need photographic evidence these days in order to find stuff - but hey ... whatever it takes. So ... on to blog proper now ...
I spent a very happy day last week with my friend Steph at Ineke Berlyn's workshop barn near Bromsgrove. Steph had hired the barn for a couple of days as a birthday treat to herself (what an excellent plan - must remember to tell Stephen about that) - and very kindly asked me along on day two, so we could talk 'book' stuff and work at the same time. Ineke's barn is a fabulously large space and we used it all very happily. I was printing cloth with stencils and thermofax screens, using my favourite Setacolour paints and then squeegeeing dye over the top after the paint had dried to get some wonderful layered effects. Steph was creating psychotic dragonflies ... but that's Steph for you. ... nuff talk - time for some pics ...
These two pieces were printed with thermofax screens and then the right hand one was covered with red dye .. amazing how different they now look
These two images show the front and back of the same cloth - again printed with thermofax screens of text from my journal and then squeegeed over with blue and green dyes. The paint acts as resist to the dye and so you get a gorgeous effect on both front and back
 Another front and back - honestly! - this time done with a combination of stencils and thermofax - same technique
And three more images of cloth done with script and image thermofax screens using paint and then scraped over with dye
Fabrics all ironed and ready to go, together with some lace and tapes I have painted and dyed to go with them ... this stage is always very exciting .. everything ready to go ...
These four show work getting under way .. top left, clockwise: Felt backing cut to size and photo, plus paper collage ready; sketch and paper collage pinned on wall so I can refer to them without burying them, plus fabric for cliffs put out; trying out fabrics for cliffs; cliff fabric selection made and starting on houses. There is along way to go yet - but having found those fabrics I had lost - I'm itching to get on with it now
I'm actually going to change one of those cliff fabrics now that I have found the others - it is bothering me a bit ... I wonder of you can guess which one?? Talk soon - Hilary x


  1. These all look so exciting.

    I love thermofax screens and must get some more done after Christmas. Intrigued by the idea of painting dye on top.

    But, like I said, (wails) "Want to Come and Play" (Damn the day job!)

    1. Hi Hilary - I'm finding the thermofax screen a brillinat tool - do treat yourself to some for Christmas. That day job of yours is a real nuisance - if it is any consolation .. a days 'play' like this, although extremely enjoyable, is absolutley exhausting too - far more so than working full time as a therapist in the NHS ever was. But I know I wouldn't swop back for the world - so not too much consolation I guess! You must book yourslef some play days to look forward to. Love to the lurch - Hilary x

  2. The fabrics look stunning Hils, it's so good to have a brilliant palette of them all waiting to be made into pieces of work. I unrolled mine today to have a little fondle, but I am actually using one in my latest work. When that's done, even though I should be finishing pieces, I know I am going to get that cloth out, and construct some work. Actually this will give me ideas about what to print next too. I love all this colour, in the deep midwinter, [starts to sing..] so thanks for that old b.

  3. Am delighted to hear that you may get distracted Steph - will give me time to catch up with you (a bit) .. it's funny how distracting those cloths we did at Inekes are. I think it must be something to do with the thermofax - although the prints aren't perfect, they are very beguiling and just beg to be used and developed. And who are we to deny them? Singing is nice - except In the Bleak Midwinter always makes me bawl. Can we have 'When the Red Red Robin goes Bob Bob etc etc’ please? x