Thursday, 4 April 2013

Experimenting With Dyes and Bleach...

From the old white sheets I received from the hospice I have been using them to create prints on. These prints have been inspired by butterfly wing patterns and bird feathers. I have created these prints by simply drawing straight on to the fabric with dye and then adding bleach in places. I have also used wax on some samples so I could get random and unexpected lines and cracks. I really enjoyed doing this and found myself with quite a few samples as I thought of different way to create different effects and looks. Some times I wet the fabric before I placed the dye on to the fabric. This inspiration in techniques came from experimenting on paper first. I created some the paper samples in the same way as I have the fabric ones, by wetting the paper, painting the bleach onto the paper first etc. I really liked the random and unpredicted results that I received from both the paper and the fabric experiments which led me onto trying the prints on a larger piece of fabric.

This led me on to my second outfit, draping on the stand and using foiled doilies to try and make garment shapes.

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