Saturday, February 25, 2012

Printing and Stitching


Lots of things on my plate right now so I'm still a ways out from having any real blocks of extended time to devote to artistic pursuits.  But I am managing to find an hour here or there to devote to experimenting with small printed or painted samplers on fabrics that I've made over the last couple of years.

The above pieces include a screen print on twill (on the left), and relief prints done on upcycled linen with a found object and a vintage wood block from India. I painted the red, silk-covered, found button and placed it on the screen print to cover a printing blooper. (ha!)   The fading on that piece occurred during the machine washing, even though I had heat-set the piece with a hot iron.   Unfortunately, I did a series of this print during the last half-hour of a studio session late at night at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC).  I realized after I finished printing that there was a good chance that I had not used the right type of ink.  But actually, I do not mind the mottled effect at all. :)  I added machine-stitching to both of the above pieces.

By the way, something seems to be amiss with the OCAC website.  I hope you will be able to view it because the college's programs and facility are wonderful!

It's been a very busy week and I have thoroughly enjoyed my slow start to the weekend, although a significant amount of work lies ahead.  Hope your weekend is going well. . .

Cheers. . . and thanks for visiting!


coco said...

hello gloria,
thanks for the sweet comment. that twizer like tool is a scissors i use. do you sew or knit?
thanks for stopping by to say hello again. nice to hear from you.

Kristen Donegan said...

these are so elegant Gloria- is the pale blue square printed? I love it!

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Coco,

I've sewn a few clothing items through the years, but not for a long time. Recently, I've put my sewing machine back into service for the purpose of adding graphic, decorative stitchery to paper and textile pieces. I hope to create decorative and/or functional pieces in the future. Thanks for asking! I love your tweezer/scizzors!

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hi Kristen, Thank you! And yes, the pale blue square was screen printed. It began its life as more of a cadet blue before morphing into a pale aqua in the wash!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

beautiful. glad you are getting some small things done in the business. thanks for your lovely thoughts :)