I signed up for Fiona Duthie’s online suface design workshop a few weeks and it started last week and I have to say I am loving it! Although many of the techniques we have covered so far are already familiar to me, Fiona has some quirky suggestions for how to use the techniques that I am finding very refreshing and stimulating. It looks like we will be covering 2 or 3 techniques each week and coming to the end of week 2 I am loving combining the different techniques in new ways.
While I don’t feel it would be fair to Fiona to share the actual techniques here I think it is ok to show some of the results….
I plan to add some stitching to this piece to highlight the setting sun on the left and make the foreground look more like a beach.
I still need to do quite a lot of needle-felting details onto the turtle’s head and legs and I will add more texture to the “rock” with some stitching but am pleased with how this piece is coming along.
After making a felt and scrim fabric bowl a few weeks ago I have been experimenting with alternative ways of stiffening fabrics. The water soluble fabric worked well and has produced a moderately stiff bowl but I am concerned that if it gets wet it will loose its shape and possibly its strength too.
As an alternative I have been experimenting with PVA glue (commonly used in schools for art classes and also known as wood glue).
Here is a bowl made from 4 layers of rainbow dyed scrim, machine embroidery for decoration and PVA glue.
A close up of the embroidered centre:
However, it is still quite malleable…
I would like to stiffen it some more, but am not sure how, some possibilities include threading coloured wires through the fabric or spraying with a diluted mix of acrylic medium but I’m not sure I really like either idea. Do any of you clever people have better /other ideas?