Assignment 2 – Dri-K: Previous sample after batching

Stage 3 – A Larger Piece (finished)

TD 16 rotatedThis picture (rotated from the previous post so it matches my new picture today) shows the depth of colour applied to the soda ashed fabric to create the layering effect of the colours.

Having lost a lot of colour out of samples prior to this I wondered whether I hadn’t kept them warm enough whilst batching and the soda ash hadn’t really activated properly.  So I took a tip from a friend regarding a (hopefully) better batching method.  Having covered the surface with cling film I folded it carefully then rolled it into a circular sausage, finishing with it swaddled in an outer coat of cling film.  I was careful not to squash it and ensured no wet dye could touch another area and transfer or blur the design.  This was then placed inside a padded electric heat pack similar to a mini electric blanket.  The heat was on a low level for around 8-9 hours.

The base colour of this design was turquoise and I was shocked to see how much ran out when rinsing.  The fabric went into the synthrapol, was rinsed again and finally had a short cool rinse and spin in the washing machine.  Here is the result:

TD 16bQuite a bit of colour was lost but I like the result.  It still has a difference in tone throughout which maintains some depth to the piece.  The red based motifs have brightened and added some life to it.  To my eye it isn’t a fully resolved piece but as a sample for the purpose of the course it has demonstrated various techniques: mixing, strengthening and diluting colours from a single base colour, adding motifs and assessing suitability of precise shapes when using dyes, repositioning of screen for multiple overprints and working wet-on-wet with a design goal in mind.

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About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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