Archive for the ‘textiles’ Category

Time, Change, Erosion and Decay + Freebie Rust Dyeing Tutorial

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The process of transformation. Time, change, erosion and decay are qualities I like to celebrate. I examine and explore, the properties and possibilities, of my material and want to push the boundaries of something to get a deeper understanding.

In my latest project, I’m working with textiles over a 100 years old. I want to work with the worn and deteriorated textiles and collaborate alongside those, who in the past, so carefully stitched, mended and created, the pieces for comfort and warmth.

Each piece was once, carefully hand -stitched and now, breaking down and worn. I have very selectivity pulled apart and unpicked areas, and kept some intact.

Some areas of fabric, are so badly worn it breaks in my hands, so I have to reinforce it. Most pieces though are just left in their original state.

I then, like to push the process further with, natural & rust dying methods, mark making, hand stitching and painting with caste iron, botanical paints.

Numerous times, I expose the materials to the elements to experience the changes.

Getting to the essence of my material helps me to translate and describe its being. I rarely know the outcome of my projects and just go with the flow.

Wanting to know how to rust – dye?  Please see my  free rust – dyeing tutorial

Stuck for Ideas.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Sometimes, when I’m stuck for ideas making artwork and it’s just not happening, I  like to throw a heap of things together and arrange them near my work.

The items, may relate in colour, texture and type or be opposing which, I find much more exciting. Your brain will automatically try to come up with solutions. Expanding your ideas and creating new ones.

The flow on of ideas is sometimes amazing. It can lead to, resolving the artwork in front of you, as well as, give you ideas for a whole new body of work.

Juxtaposition and connections of items together seems to work for me.

I believe there is a creative force that is connected to everything we do.

Experiments with Concrete Cloth and Rust. Sculpture.

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Experiments with Concrete Cloth and Rust. Sculpture.

Just a quick update about what Ive been doing lately.

 

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Work for my exhibition was almost finished, until, I discovered a bunch of rusted textiles Id forgotten about. Now, I want to make more sculpture. A solid form with thin wafers of cloth, concrete and rust.

 

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Today, I’m heading into the studio to work out how to achieve this. Wet concrete is very formless so pouring, layer, upon layer of cloth then, concrete, in a mold, just wouldn’t work. The cloth would get covered with concrete on the outer edges and I want slices of cloth sticking out and visible on the outside.

 

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Funny thing is, when I Googled it, all I came up with was my own experiments and work with concrete, cloth and rust.

 

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So, I’m now in the process of inventing how to do this:)

More details about my “Wallmatter” exhibition coming soon!

 

 

Concrete. Rust. Textile. Sculpture. Work in the Studio.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Concrete. Rust. Textile. Sculpture. Work in the Studio.

Experiments with concrete, rust and textiles in developing sculpture.

 

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Junk packaging for mold making

 

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Taped up packaging filled with concrete, rust and cloth.

 

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Poured wet concrete sculpture

 

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A series of 3D objects in the making

 

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The first raw reveal after 24 hours. At this stage, I need to make my final decisions and changes to this sculpture, while the concrete is still soft enough to work with. I discovered in some of my earlier experiments, once its rock hard, its more difficult to work with.

 

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I am still working on this series of sculptures using concrete, rust and textiles that will be part of my “Wallmatter” exhibition.

 

“Just turn up and the work will show itself”. New Work.

Monday, February 15th, 2016

I’m not sure where I’ve heard this, but fully believe in this saying,

“Just turn up and the work will show itself”

Today, I headed to the studio and let go of all the pressure, I had been putting on myself for weeks, about starting new work for my next exhibition.

 

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I sat for awhile without any expectations, trying to connect to something.

 

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I then started playing around with materials, I hadn’t used since art school

 

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and after finding some leftover weathered metal from my welding days

 

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my ideas eventually came together.

 

 

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By just letting go and believing in the creative process

 

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I now, have a better idea of where I’m heading with my project

 

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and some of the materials I will be using.

 

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Large Format Metallic Photographic Prints. Biomorph Series by Jenny Davis.

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Large Format Metallic Photographic Prints. Biomorph Series by Jenny Davis.

In creating my artwork I use various processes. By physically dismantling objects and clothing, I reassemble them into something else. My intention is to reconstruct the significance, or purpose of an object, from its earlier meaning and appearance.

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Biomorph 4

 

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Biomorph 3

 

 

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More photographs  here

Textiles. Shellac. Wood. Work in Progress.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Not fully resolved, this is the first in a series of mixed-media art works on cradled wooden board, followed by further details of the process.

 

This artwork was inspired by an old piece of spotty paper.

 

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I wanted to leave space around the wooden board and still show the grain

 

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An old piece of canvas and hand- stitching.

 

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Found papers with generous pourings of shellac and ink.

 

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More papers and cloth.

 

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I’m still not satisfied and will probably sand back in areas.

 

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See Jenny’s other artworks in this series

No. 2. Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Follow-up from a previous post  Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

Playing with textiles, wax and trying to work out my new camera.

De-constructing a man’s suit.

 

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Wafers of wax, felt & linen

 

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Specimens to play with flesh- like

 

 

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Waxed string twined

 

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Spirals

 

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Hand- sewn surface marks

 

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Links to Joseph Beuy’s  felt works and underground spaces seen in Paris

 

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Similar to scientific or, geological specimens from an antique book

 

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Dangerous Pulp Fiction Drawings.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

4 little drawings
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vintage pulp book paper & gesso

 

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graphite, water colour paint & revenge

 

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drawing with thread & old embroidery cloth

 

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dangerous

 

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A nocturnal visitor… Click on images to buy

 

Warm Hot Collage – Lafayette Pink

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Warm Collage – Lafayette Pink

( Please see all my other collages from “30 Days of Collage” at  Cottontail Art Design and Vintage)

Thinking of my daughter today, living in Paris France. Last time I was there I experienced my first ever white Xmas. It snowed and snowed. We went to Galleries Lafayette but didn’t buy anything as it just too expensive but I did grab samples, advertising papers and junk for my art.

The colours that Winter were hot pinks with oranges. In this collage I wanted to capture the feeling of extravagance and contemporary Paris.

I painted the background of the canvas board with warm acrylic paint in yellow ochre , next , paper scraps from Galleries Lafayette in gold flourish, then orange and red velvet fabrics, squares of hand painted paper in hot pink, orange piece of French packaging and a little snow flake in hot pink created with a little punch I bought in Asnieres. Topped off with a little perfume bottle cut-out from Lafayette advertising. I also added some gold glitter paint in areas for sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( Please see all my other collages from “30 Days of Collage” at Cottontail Art Design and Vintage)