Thursday, 25 February 2010

Textile printing

This week I received a little notebook that I bought from a lovely Japanese textile designer - Hitomi Kimura. Her shop can be found here and her blog is kalla Textile Design. I have followed her blog for a while now and love her textile designs and am amazed how Hitomi manages to print all these in her small apartment.
I am really enjoying my screen printing for textiles course that I have been taking and below is my first design based on pomegranates printed in three colours. The pink seems a little bit too bright, however, someone said it looked like a Mary Quant design which is a sort of compliment as we are supposed to be taking our inspiration from the 1950's /1960's!
I might try printing it in different colours and on a more natural colour background.

Monday, 8 February 2010

'Snowdrop' Cards

Yesterday I had a very successful days printing at Birmingham Printmakers . I had already designed a new card called 'Snowdrops' and wanted to screen print this using two colours. I was really excited when I mixed this lovely green colour and even more excited when I saw the first print layer:

I then mixed up the colour for the top layer and was really pleased with the results:

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Screenprinting for textiles - Week 2

Week 2 and Steffan started us off with some drawing exercises using vegetables and fruits. What was interesting was that he told us to think in sections by placing coloured squares behind the fruits. I started off using this pomegranate above as inspiration; which had been 'printed' onto the square behind it. I was also fascinated by the table itself which had wonderful marks on it that had been left behind from printmaking!