Friday, March 5, 2010

In the Works -- Relief and Screen Prints on Fabric

Mixed media on fabric
4" x 6"
The above is something I did a few years back. I painted the placket of a chef's coat (reclaimed from a barrel of scraps destined for the dump at a local industrial rag manufacturer), printed it with a paper stencil, added small fabric scraps and bits of paper I had previously painted and printed, and machine stitched it with gold thread.

Below, are a couple of textiles in the works. The first one was screen printed on wonderfully deep green linen purchased at a garage sale, using a paper stencil. (Trust me, the scanner did not do it justice!) I've begun to add a red running stitch to it which is barely visible, but if you click on the image, you can see the stitches and also get a sense of the structure of the fabric which includes a black warp thread and alternating dark green and natural linen weft threads. The central image is approximately 6" x 6" and the surrounding square is about 8" x 8" (too large for the scanner).
The second one was block printed on inexpensive muslin. I used this same block in some of the prints on paper that I posted a few weeks ago.

Oh -- a question: I've been using the older version of the editing program and just recently discovered a newer version exists. Has anyone had experience switching from the old to the new? I'm a bit reluctant to make the switch fearing it will get the best of me and my blog!


Erin said...

Gloria I love these! I think my favorite is the first one for the deep green. I love finding great textiles for cheap like that:) I'm such a sucker for fabrics and these are so lovely and full of character! I'm no help with the editor info--I'm just as confused about making the switch!

p.s. I have a giveaway going on over at my blog if you want to enter:)

Gloria said...

Ha! Erin, I had just finished visiting your blog and commenting on your new painting when I discovered your comment here. And yes, I did comment on the giveaway post and asked to be included in the drawing. Duh! Thanks for your input. I'll let you know if anyone responds re: the edit program.

Laura said...

i love the labyrinth like image of the first. all are wonderful:)

Liv Sørvaag said...

Iove the labyrinth ...Liv
and the other prints looks beutiful.

b. Liv

Gloria said...

Hi Liv and Laura, Thanks for looking....I always appreciate your input.

Heather Kirtland said...

I love the printing on fabric and the ssewing as well. These are so multidimensional. Can't wait to see more!

Sophie Munns said...

Hello Gloira,
just found your blog and enjoyed looking at your recent posts. Liked seeing the work you are doing and that stencil design on linen caught my eye... love the texture of the surface.
best ,

Gloria said...

Hi Heather,

Thanks for taking a peek. I'm looking forward to doing some more of these small works at some point... Also looking forward to seeing how your birdhouse turns out for the auction!

Gloria said...

Hi Sophie,

So very happy to have discovered your blogs via your comment here. I can't wait to spend time reading about your residency and also perusing your studio archive. Thanks so much for your interest in my work and for your hopefulness about the positive outcomes of communicating via international blogging. Your work is beautiful!