Saturday, June 27, 2009

I made a book using my stacked box shapes and two contrasting colours from my colour scheme. I wanted to look and light and dark, shadows and lit shapes.

The pages are alternately light and dark two page spreads and so the book looks very different depending on which set of pages are most opened.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I have been having a go at chapter 9 - explore with abstracted fragments - and have ended up with this rather mad sixties wallpaper! Not a pretty sight. I shall have to start again with another starting point or try a different design option!

Monday, June 15, 2009

I have had another go at dyeing a range of browns as I wasn't very happy with the last lot. Brown, I discover, is a difficult colour and can look as boring and dead as possible. I dyed this lot with golden yellow, brilliant orange, cobalt blue and some turquiose and overdyed the whole lot with brilliant orange afterwards to give them a bit more zip.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Can anyone tell me why some photos enlarge when clicked on and others don't? This is a pain as not all my photos are that clear and I would like Sian to be able to enlarge them.


These sheets are work for chapter 11 of module 1, Bold Design Development.
The marks were made using potassium permanganate on a toothbrush onto black quink
ink and black quink with some procion dyes added. The potassium permanganate reacted with the inks and produced a lovely range of colours. I also tried it on orange procion dyes used as an ink but the result was not as good.
I took the marks made into photoshop and had a play with them and quite like some of the results. The bottom left one of 1.11 3 looks like a snakes and ladders board!
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These two sheets are some design work done using the elements of line, shape, colour etc as a starting point and amalgamating the best little tiles into a new idea.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I have not got a lot done this month, although I have been getting used to my new sewing machine and finishing a piece for an exhibition with the Cork Textiles Network.


I have been dyeing fabrics and gathering up the work on colour samples - I am using an A2 portfolio to mount them.


1.7.2 this is very zappy felt and gesso - done in a workshop with Maggie Grey in Dublin which was brilliant fun.




I have started work on the design chapters and have looked at Line, Texture, Shape and colour in different elements of my painting. I have made little card studies of each and then selected what I think are the three I will go on to look at. The next stage is to combine all or 2 of these elements and see if a design emerges. This is not the approach in the module but I am going to try it before starting work on the suggested options.