Today in the print workshop, I set myself quite a large task to put all of the designs below onto screens and to print my final samples for my 20 piece collection. I also set myself the task to print 2 of my designs in 2 different colour ways, as well as printing 2 coordinate designs to go with my collection. I have really enjoyed my sessions and
Left image is my final colour way for this design and the image in the middle is an alternative colour way. I am really happy with the alternative colour ways that I have chosen and am glad that I had the chance to screen print them.
Today I printed the final 4 layers of my 4m length repeat pattern. I am really happy with how it has turned out and can’t thank my buddy enough for helping me print the A0 size screen, as well as to help me wash and dry my screen off. When I decided to print this amount of fabric with this particular design, I completely underestimated how big the job would be and the help I’d need from a print buddy. I can’t wait to see the fabric cut and upholstered onto my chair.
Today I have managed to fully print the 1st layer of my 4m fabric length on cotton sateen arian fabric. I really like this fabric as it’s a slightly off white colour which I really like and has a bit of a sheen that suits my Indian theme. All day I was so apprehensive about making the first print, because of the size of the print and then pressure to not make a big mistake. I am really happy with the amount I achieved and couldn’t have done it without my amazing print helpers: Emma and my buddy Lottie. Tomorrow I will finish my yellow layer and then print my remaining black, pink and light turquoise colour.
Final Sample Printing: Today I also managed to print the the first layer of a final sample to the left and full print a sample on the right. The yellow sample is printed on the ‘Silk Bamboo Satin’ fabric. I wouldn’t say its your typical interiors fabric but because my theme is based around my trip to Indian, I found a lot of my favourite fabrics were quite lightweight and silky. I also think this fabric works well alongside my ‘Cotton Sateen Arian’ fabric that is a bit heavier in weight and perfect for interiors.
Bolster Cushions: I have decided that I am also going to have 2 bolster cushions, so I need to decide which of my designs to print ready for them to be made at the weekend. This evening I have been playing around with a few different ideas that I will get printed on A1 paper in the morning to then decide 2 to screen print tomorrow. I have decided to make my bolster designs 1 black and white and the other maybe in full colour. This will contrast the other items in my exhibition space including my chair and 3 hangings.
This morning I began by printing onto my turquoise fabric, I am happy with how they have come and as they have the look and feel I’m after. Throughout this final degree project, all I have wanted is for my collection to have an in-depth process behind it. From my original sketches from my trips, to the process of creating a detailed motif to then designing and finally printing my textile collection. Printing onto dyed fabric makes the process so much more fun, as I’ve done all of the work to create the samples. The problem that you can face with hand dyeing fabric is the colour maybe not being completely constant throughout, but I have worked hard to keep the fabrics stirred in the dye bath to minimise this as much as possible.
During the afternoon I then spent time preparing the print table ready for it to have glue applied to it ready to iron my fabric down. Cleaning the table takes far longer than you originally imagine it to be, as I wanted to minimise any colour remaining on the table transferring onto my white fabric.
Technical File Sorting: This evening I have spent time trimming down my fabric test prints and experiments from throughout this project. I actually really enjoyed this task as it was great to see my development throughout this project and to mount on A3 card and them all into a presentation folder. This evening I also purchased some self cover buttons for my final chair that I’m having upholstered for the degree exhibition. I need to decide what to print onto them, ready to cover them at the weekend.
Chair Fabric: I have decided to go with the design below in this colour combination for my chair fabric as a large A0 repeat.
Sorting prints for samples: Today I have spent time sorting out some of my designs ready to expose onto screens to print in the workshop, as you can see from the photo below.
Fabric Dyeing: I have also dyed the remainder of my cotton drill fabric, I found that the cotton drill was very white in comparison to my other 2 fabric choices. So dyeing these samples seemed like the best option and was an enjoyable process to experiment with and adds more hand processes to my final collection, as I will be screen printing onto my fabrics.
Chair fabric: This week I need to get my 4 metres of cotton sateen arian printed ready to be upholstered this weekend. Tomorrow I will be heading to the printers to get these designs printed out at A0 size. I’m really looking forward to seeing my design printed out at such a large size and can’t wait to start printing my large length with it.
Today I lino printed some of my favourite designs onto heavy weight paper and framed ready for the final exhibition. I am really happy with the final outcome and think they will work well in my display above my rail hanging my final 20 screen printed fabrics.
This weekend I have tried to buy all of the little extras that I need for the final exhibition so that I’m prepared for the show built week.
I have purchased:
- Rail for samples
- Curtain poll + attachments for my 3 hangings
- 5 Frames + good weight paper to print my lino designs (image below)
- A3 Displays books + card to show mounted samples into
- Also purchased all of the show built supplies for the cohort using our fundraised money including: paint brushes, scrapers, filler, sand paper packs, white spirit and cloths ready so far