Friday, November 09, 2007

Dye Printing



 



This is the way my printing screen looked yesterday when I had painted it with the second layer of dye paint/print paste. Unfortunately that is not the way it looked this morning- the overnight dew/condensation got to it despite it being stored undercover- blegh! The darker print is the first print and you cna see it has lost much of its definition. I think I like the second print better- the colouring is much more subtel.

I don't know whether you have been following the progress of a group known as Twelve by Twelve- but they have created their own website and blog- doing a themed challenge which is 12 inches by 12 inches on a regular basis. Their first efforts "Dandelion" are up and I must say I am impressed by the variety and inventiveness, and the blog is very colourful!

I always like to think I would like to do challenges but in truth I am away so much it is difficult to do at times- and I have enough trouble meeting deadlines for some of the art quilt shows I would like to enter. There are a lot of missed deadlines over the last few years.

However I would like to suggest a challenge of sorts if anyone is interested ? ( but there will be a limit of numbers- say 10- and I would like people from all over the world to be involved-after all 135 countries have visited the blog) and that is creating books inspired by your own work ( I have a motive of course because I want to create a catalogue for my exhibition in Munich at Quilt und Textil Kunst next year) but I thought it could also be a way for others to learn book making techniques, bindings , explore their own work/content, some print making, lino cut printing etc. I would envisage that we would share techniques relating to bookmaking etc and links- share a blog ( though I can't promise a website as classy as Brenda Smith has made for the Twelve by Twelve group)- the deadline would be August of next 2008.I am happy to be the the instigator- as I need to do this for myself- by this I mean suggesting things/techmiques etc- though I woulkd like a commitment - though I understand if life gets in the way.

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17 comments:

Kristin L said...

Thanks for the wonderful comments about Twelve x Twelve! I hope we can keep up the excitement. So far so good :-) And, yes, Brenda has gone above and beyond to create a wonderful space for us online.

Your project sounds like a good one. I hope that you candrum up a few interested parties to keep each other going and produce wonderful work as well.

Sadly, I don't feel like I can join in as I have far too many commitments already. Why do people keep coming up with such great ideas to join in on?!!

Brenda said...

Dijanne
Thank you for your kind comments on the Twelve by Twelve website. I had great fun designing the website and dressing the blog to match! I love that technology allows us to share with people all over the world - blogging platforms make it so easy! I'm not a bookmaker but I look forward to seeing how your proposal progresses.

carrie said...

Are you talking about paper books or fabric books, or both?

I have had in mind to work my way through the themes set for art in my local senior school, but in fabric, and then make a book of them. I don't know if that would qualify. I'm not very accomplished, though; I was thinking it would be a good way for me to learn and use different techniques. I don't have a blog, though

I have been following 12 x 12 with great interest - loving the results

AnneJeu said...

Dat lijkt me een geweldige uitdaging Dijanne.
Ik wil wel meedoen!

Nic Bridges said...

I absolutely agree with your comments on the 12 x 12 group - it's great stuff, isn't it?

I'd love to be involved in your challenge - I have a fascination for sketchbooks/journals of all kinds and would be keen to learn more of different book construction styles. I've also been utterly besotted with printmaking this year, and would love the impetus to continue to explore different techniques and mediums in the development of my own artistic voice.

Wild Thread Studio said...

I know little (well, nothing) about book making - but maybe that makes for a perfect challenge arrangement? I'm interested in participating, Dianne. I'd love the opportunity to stretch some wings.
Denise

MargaretR said...

Would you like a challenger from Wales Dijanne? I am pretty busy, but I think it would be worth stretching myself just a bit more. I love screen ptinting, but don't do much of it at all these days, so it would be an excuse to start again.

Paula said...

I'm hooked.

Susan D said...

I'd love to be involved if you'll have me.

indigocarole said...

Dijanne. I'd love to take part in your challenge. I've made lots of handmade books - all blank! I've tried lino cutting and printing. It would be nice to combine the two for a change.
Carole
UK

Liz said...

I would like to be involved too, if you can fit in another person from Wales:) I made a couple of books during City & Guilds Patchwork & quilting but have recently been getting into sketchbooks and things more so I would love to delve more deeply into it.

marion said...

Can I play too?

Anonymous said...

I would also like to join the group. I have a lot of research that I would like to organize into a handmade book. I will need guidance posting to the blog as I have no experience blogging.
Joanne in Canada

Del said...

I recently ordered some conservation supplies from Talas.com and found all the bookmaking items interesting. They are for paper, but I would be interest in participating in your group if I can do it in fabric.
Del - SCalifornia

Cäcilia said...

I have not done bookbinding in quite a time. But I was lucky to learn it in a class from a professional and I taught it every now and then when I was still a crafts teacher in public school. One of my goals for next year is to experiment on printing and dyeing. So if you are interested for a callenger from Switzerland - I am on board.
Cecilia

margaret said...

That sound like a fun project, a way to jump out of the "box". I'm overcommitted at the moment but this inspires me to start a "book" of some sort - if only to gather those scraps of paper, or to make something out of the ideas that get scribbled on the backs of envelopes. As a friend once said, "You can surely find 20 minutes a day to follow your passion!"

hcg said...

One moment, I'll post mine soon. just wanted to say I love your new site!