Monday, May 18, 2009

Before and After

A few weeks ago I printed off some old dye-impregnated screens and produced spectacularly ugly fabric. Well, look what another layer does:
I am all a-twitter. These pieces are so gorgeous they undo me. The pictures don't do them justice. This piece is about 3 x 4 ft:I was printing with a thickened dye in turquoise, golden yellow, avocado and black. At least, that's what I started with. Very soon I had a zillion little containers with various shades. Then I got frustrated because so much dye was left on the screens, so I started soaking the dye-coated screen briefly, and printing with those.
This one is a strange combination - deer and graffiti:
I had no idea what dye would take at what depth of color. Marks that looked black when wet washed to pale in some cases. Here's my favorite: birds and a rough surface that looks to me like a weathered wall, on a piece of cotton about 3 foot square:

6 comments:

Diane Wright said...

Oh, you have given me hope. I, too, created some really horrible stuff that you've inspired me to work with. If I can overcome my gag reflex....

Thanks, Diane

Vivien said...

Ooo, what are you going to do with it? It's so complex and great-looking.

TextileTraveler said...

Lol, you know Linda, I've decided there IS no such thing as ugly fabric, only UNFINISHED fabric. Wonderful job!

Rayna said...

Well, now you know why I always print in layers. I have a ton of fabric that can't get worse. Just need the time to attack it.

neki desu said...

from spectacularly ugly cloth to devastatingly beautiful! :)

neki desu

KarenKayArtworks said...

Drop dead gorgeous fabric! I'm glad you didn't give up on it. I always tell my students "if you don't like it, it's because it isn't yet finished". So go, add more!