Rust Dyeing Fabrics

December 28th, 2018


Summer in Australia is the perfect time for eco and botanical dyeing outdoors. During Winter, I like to save little bits of fabrics, lace and papers in a box for Summer dyeing. This is how I rust dye my fabrics….

Many years ago, I collected heaps of metal junk to use for sculpture. As, I no longer weld, I now use the rusty bits and pieces that are scattered all over my property, for my dyeing projects.

The gathering of the metal objects, wrapping them with the fabric spraying with vinegar and binding with rope and wire is quite relaxing. I call it mummy wrapping.


Rust Dyeing Fabric

MATERIALS:

Fabric: cottons silk… work best

Rusty metal objects: cooking pans, car parts, rusty nails, screws, pipes, copper objects

Wire, string, wool or rope just something to bind the fabric to the rusted item

Plain white vinegar

Rubber gloves

Plastic sheet or bags

METHOD

1. Gather all the items together wet your fabric and spray with vinegar.

2. Wrap the fabric around and around the rusted object as best you can.

3. Make sure it’s tightly bound with the string rope or wire. Cover with plastic so it stays moist.

4. Leave and wait for the magic to happen.

5. This may take an hour or 2 or if you want deeper textures of rust a week or 2. Then un- wrap your beautiful rusted fabric.

6. Once the fabric is dyed to the depth you want, soak for 30mins in warm water with a couple of tablespoons of salt to make the rust dye colourfast.

7. Wash gently in warm water with soap powder rinse dry and voila!

I also rust papers and larger pieces of fabric using a different method that I will share in a future post.

To see more of my free tutorials please go here

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Christmas Greetings!

December 18th, 2018

To all my family, friends and followers. I wish you all a very  “Happy & Joyful Christmas”

May the the “New Year” ahead bring you happiness, kindness, peace and good health with plenty of creativity. To those struggling, may your healing journey be short and you find your inner harmony, peace & renewed physical health swiftly. Jenny Davis 2018.

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Thoughts in the studio today. Stacks, towers and painting.

December 1st, 2018

A bit of colour in the studio today. How many colours and layers can I stack up on top of one another?

 

 

 

They remind me of Claude Courtecuisse’s   “Hacking Objects” sculptures I saw in Paris at the Georges Pompidou Museum in 2007.

He erected towers and stacks of common objects.

 

Image photographed from original 2007 catalogue. Copyright Georges Centre Pompidou Original photos Copyright Claude Courtecuisse. 2007

 

 

Balance, colour, repetition, scale and transparency is what I took away from that exhibition.

 

  Copyright Jenny Davis

 

As a child, I too, would build little towers of objects in my bedroom.

Still today I play and stack with my vast collection of vintage objects.

The towers have been getting higher and higher over time and eventually, I aim to make huge, tall one’s, up to the roof or even higher.

 

 

Now back to the painting…I’m not sure if I’ve resolved it yet, as something about it is still annoying me. Maybe that’s a good thing?… as sometimes things that are a bit odd are more successful.

I think I will sit with it a bit longer.

 

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Focus, Simplify & London.

November 15th, 2018

Recently, I’ve been unable to focus fully on my work. I feel I may have too many things going on in my life and need to simplify. I’ve also been procrastinating too long, putting off a few decisions, I need to make, regarding my arts practice.  I know, I just have to get on with it,  if I only knew what “IT” was ? Also, its been hard lately having to divide my time, between creating and dealing with with other life circumstances that have been cropping up.  I know as an artist, my main focus is to create, or nothing will get done, but more important, my inner- self will suffer.

In the meantime, my daughter and her partner (xox) , gifted me a trip to London to visit  them. After not seeing her for a few years, it was so nice to catch up and do stuff together again. We managed to fit in some very interesting exhibitions.  The Anni Albers (1899-1994) textile exhibition at Tate Modern, was excellent. She was student of the Bauhaus art school and like other women at that time , was discouraged from becoming a painter. Instead, she enrolled in the weaving shop and made textiles her means of expression. Albers rose to become an influential figure, exploring the technical limits of hand-weaving to pioneer innovative uses of woven fabric as art, architecture and design.

 

 

 

 

Other exhibitions on at the V&A Museum.

Fashioned from Nature, explores the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.

 

 

A Frida Kahlo exhibition of her belongings. There was also huge jewelry exhibition and video game exhibition on. The collections are immense. I particularly enjoyed Asian textiles & objects.

 

 

 

 

The “Censored! Stage, Screen Society at 50”  exhibition was brilliant. Especially as I can remember most of it happening when I was a teenager.

 

 

 

It took a bit of getting around the V&A  building, as its built around a very large inner courtyard. The signage wasn’t brilliant and quite confusing. I only saw a small portion of the collections and if I get another chance Id like explore it some more.

Another exhibition, I particularly loved and related too, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History.

 

A “Kunstkammer” of cabinets full of weird and wonderful curiosities. Extraordinary dioramas displayed in a dark underground cellar, reached only by going down a very steep, spiral stair case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also managed to do a brief  bit of mudlarking on the Thames. I found a handful of bits & pieces. A handmade nail used to secure sails to the masts of sailing ships and a few shards of pottery and I think part of a Tudor terracotta tile.

 

 

 

 

I’m home in Australia now and slowly getting back into studio mode. Having spent time with my family and inspired by new adventurers, I’m feeling more nurtured to just get on with “IT” and not think too much.

 

 

 

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New Collages on Vintage Paper. Ochre Pigments, Acrylic Paints and Ink.

September 15th, 2018

Just finished another series of mixed- media collages on good quality thick papers. I prefer to use a thick water- colour paper base for collage, as it doesn’t tear and buckle when I load on papers glues, paint and inks. I use vintage, antique and or any papers laying around.

1958

 

 

Tannica

 

 

Farmlands Water

 

 

Ordovician

 

 

Knowledge in Depth

 

 

Taxonomy

 

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Mixed Media Collage. 3 New Works on Paper.

September 2nd, 2018

3 New mixed- media collages on 300gsm watercolour paper (Unframed).

I  like to create new visions, by recycling and dissecting vintage papers that I may, or not hand paint with acrylic paints and inks.

Process – On a background of strong 350gsm artist water- colour paper, I add layers of acrylic paints, fragments of vintage papers and random marks, using French ink pens.

Earth Renewable

Recycled Polyhedron

Recycled Symmetry

 

 

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Homemade Gesso Update!

August 14th, 2018

Homemade Gesso!

Update 2018! Since writing this recipe in 2014, Ive been using this homemade Gesso recipe, for 14 years now and haven’t had an issue, with ageing, layers coming apart, seepage, changes in colour etc. on any of my artworks. I use it with both oil and acrylic paints. I also seal my papers with it when, making books, sewing on paper, paper for collage, painting with paint, inks etc. As to the quality, I find the homemade isn’t as white, but just as good quality, as professional artists Gesso. I also use store bought gesso too, if I’ve run out and for convenience. My version is more gritty, than store bought, but if you sandpaper in between coats, I find it’s not an issue. For me, this recipe is just as good as, the store bought and if you use archival PVA/Elmers glue, it will make it all the more stable, for longevity.

Homemade Gesso!

I love Gesso paint and use heaps of it in my work. It’s gritty, chalky and can be applied to artwork to give a translucent or opaque look. It’s also very expensive so I decided to make my own.

 

Gesso is used for many things such as a primer for canvas or on paper to give a good base for painting, drawing or mixed media work.  When making collage I use it as a gluing medium to stick on papers, in-between, painting and drawing layers.

The recipe below makes 2 litres of Gesso paint

( If not using straight away, this Gesso will last approx. 4-6 weeks)

Homemade Gesso

PLASTER MIX

1 cup Plaster of Paris or fine white plaster powder

1 cup of PVA or white glue (archival if available)

1 cup hot water

PAINT

3 cups white acrylic paint

UTENSILS

Container, cup and mixing stick or spoon

RATIO: 1-3

Plaster Mix 1 – Acrylic paint 3

Method

To make the plaster mix. Add the plaster to the hot water and stir ( Safety purposes: always add the plaster powder to the liquid, not liquid to plaster, as it will blow up into your face and always wear a dust mask)

Dust Mask

“Plaster of Paris” and cup

Hot water and mix

Next add the PVA or white glue, stir.

Finally add the white acrylic paint and mix. ( I used some acrylic powder paint I had and made it up with water) You can use any kind of acrylic paint or colour .

 

Result

I was very happy with the result. The gesso is translucent with the gritty bits I like. You can also do several layers of gesso to give a more opaque appearance. It covered my canvas very well with only 1 coat. When adding more than 1 coat you can sand in- between to give a really smooth surface for detailed work .

2 litres of Gesso

Gesso on stretched canvas

Gesso on paper

 

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Line Walking. Working with Line.

August 3rd, 2018

Line is a point moving in space. Playing with line fascinates to me. By letting go and just allowing the movement to take over, allows me to go in-between, out and off edges.

 

 

The materials I use vary. I may use paint, pencil or crayon on vintage book papers, thread on antique cloth, scratch with implements, or, use wire to make tangles. Lines often define the edges of a form, but not very often in my arts practice.

 

 

Lines can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, straight or curved, thick or thin.

 

 

Paint lines

 

 

Drip lines

 

 

Thread lines

 

 

Free flowing lines

 

 

Frottage lines

 

 

String lines

 

 

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Art backgrounds or not? Do you like to see artwork in a room?

July 23rd, 2018

 

I’m not sure how I feel about showing artworks with mock -up backgrounds. So, recently I purchased a few mock – ups, and have been playing around with them. I’d like to display my artworks a little bit differently, being, there are, so many other artists online.  I’m just wondering, if putting artworks with interesting backgrounds, makes any difference, for viewers, collectors etc. and, in getting it found in the search engines easier. I think they look cleaner, but at the same time, I don’t want to categorize my artwork as being, just “interior design” pieces. I’d love to hear what others think…

 

 

If you feel inclined, your welcome to add a comment at the bottom of this post.

 

 

 

Do you like to see artworks viewed in a room, or framed ? or do you prefer see artworks on their own, with no backgrounds?

You can also view some of my artworks in rooms in my gallery area

 

 

Thank you in advance!

 

 

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Rustmatter abstract paintings now available.

July 8th, 2018

New paintings available in my gallery. “Rustmatter” series. I want to capture the “beauty & hope” in decline, before its gone and continues my investigation into the disintegration and decay of the environment, of life and the human psyche.

 

Experiments with layers of rust, paint, iron shavings and salt. Finally, surfaces emerged, worn , weathered and sometimes ancient. I then sealed the paintings to keep stable and lock in the layers.

 

 

 

 

Each painting is a visual and textural descent into the abandoned, the derelict, the vacant and the forgotten. Curator & Arts Writer, Dr. Ewen Jarvis.

 

 

Rustmatter 17

 

Rustmatter 12

 

Rustmatter 16

Rustmatter 14

 

Rustmatter 15

 

 

NOTE – All inclusive : Express Post, Tracking, Signature, Insurance & Packaging.

 

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Time Worn Surfaces. Fine Art Prints. Jenny Davis

July 1st, 2018

Currently available in my Gallery ,” Limited Edition” art prints

To purchase my Wallmatter series, please go to the Gallery  page.

Each collection of 10 prints is $35.00 AU. and includes (Free Worldwide Postage)

You will receive
1 collection of 10 Wallmatter art prints/cards shown
Blank on back + 10 white paper envelopes
One of each design
6″ x 4″ – 15 x 10cm. ea.
Designed from my original abstract paintings
Printed professionally
100% Recycled paper stock
Sustainably sourced
Matt finish

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful way to send a personal message to your friends and family or, frame for a unique art display in your home or workplace.

 

About Wallmatter series.”A visual and textural descent into the abandoned, the derelict, the vacant and the, forgotten surface.”Through her utilisation of forlorn industrial structures, stained and crumbling walls, acts of graffiti, redundant signage, and portals giving access to meandering subterranean systems,of timeworn surfaces. Jenny Davis evokes a unique vision at once spare and lavish, material and ghostly. It is a vision that elevates the significance of random marks, stress fractures and other imperfections, while enfolding the viewer in an atmosphere of chromatically gentle and strangely opulent decay.”

 

 

To purchase please go to my Gallery page and scroll down to “Small Art Prints”.

(Free Worldwide Postage)

 

 

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

TurkRedghost Series. Textile Art. Antique & Vintage Textiles.

June 27th, 2018

I grew up in a “make do and mend” family, where nothing much was thrown away and would be mended or, re-purposed into something else, therefore, many of my textile pieces are hand- made, created from antique & vintage sourced materials and may include, discarded, abandoned, found objects. I have been working with textiles all my life. My mother was a dressmaker and as a child, I would collect the fabric scraps and make wall hangings and soft sculpture.

For further details about my textile pieces, please go to my gallery page and click under  “Textile Art”

“TurkRedghost” series

Sometimes the antique textiles I work with, seem to yell at me, but mostly, they lay silent, as I make my own marks alongside, others gone before. Ragged bits, old and new stitching, tracing marks left behind on old textiles are a reminder, of a time when women, had many obligations and few choices. I feel comfortable, as I stitch, tear, dye and reinforce the fragmented pieces. Somehow, I hope, in a small way, by reclaiming and reworking the textiles, I can give a voice to those women.

 

 

 

 

TurkRedghost 1

 

 

 

TurkRedghost 4

 

 

TurkRedghost 3

 

 

 

TurkRedghost 2

 

 

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Outlook8studio. We’re Updating our Privacy Policy.

May 26th, 2018
Here at Outlook8studio – Jenny Davis we believe its important to let you know that your data is safe with us following changes to recent EU data protection laws (GDPR)
We’re writing to let you know that we’re updating our privacy policy in preparation for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) which went into effect on May 25th, 2018. While the GDPR is a European law, we are taking this opportunity to clarify and apply our privacy policy to everyone, no matter where you’re located. Here’s a quick summary of our changes.

We are being more specific on how we use the information we collect and how we keep the data

We’re being more specific about your data preferences and your data rights

These changes will not affect the way you use Outlook8studio-Jenny Davis

You do not need to take any action

 
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After Exhibition Blues. Textiles.

May 2nd, 2018

After exhibition blues has hit!  I’m all painted out at the moment, but still enjoying some textile pieces Ive been playing around with for a while now.  Looks like some old photos and found objects will make their way into the project too.  Please see “Spaces Below” exhibition details in the sidebar on the right.

 

 

Ragged bits , old and new stitching, tracing the marks left behind on, 120 yr old textiles.

 

 

Memories and ghosts from the 1800s, remind me, as I work, of a time when women had many obligations and few choices.

 

 

A time when, women were completely controlled by their fathers, brothers and male relatives and their sole purpose in life was to find a husband, reproduce and then spend the rest of their lives serving him.

 

 

If you were to break free, you would be crucified, ridiculed and seen as “not normal, insane, bullied and tossed aside.

 

 

The textiles from the 120 year old quilt toppers I work with, sometimes, seem to yell at me, but mostly, they lay silent, as I make my own marks alongside others gone before.

 

 

I feel comfortable, as I stitch, tear, dye and reinforce the fragmented pieces.

 

 

Somehow, I hope, in a small way, by reclaiming and reworking the textiles, I can give a voice to those women.

 

 

Just like in my own life, when I was powerless, art gave me a voice to express myself, where once I had none.

 

 

 

 

 

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Yering Station Art Gallery & Spaces Below

April 11th, 2018

Current Exhibition in the Main Gallery at Yering Station –  10 April – 20 May.

JENNY DAVIS — SPACES BELOW

Wallmatter, Oil paint on canvas, 140 x 180 cm

‘Spaces Below’ is a visual and textural descent into the abandoned, the derelict, the vacant and the forgotten. Through her utilisation of forlorn industrial structures, stained and crumbling walls, acts of graffiti, redundant signage, and portals giving access to meandering subterranean systems, Jenny Davis evokes a unique vision at once spare and lavish, material and ghostly. It is a vision that elevates the significance of random marks, stress fractures and other imperfections, while enfolding the viewer in an atmosphere of chromatically gentle and strangely opulent decay. The abstractions that haunt these works are investigations of the many traces that run like hieroglyphs and riddles across the surface of neglected structures.

Davis’s subterranean life began in childhood. Drawn to ‘small spaces’ where she wouldn’t be disturbed, she would play in drainpipes, on vacant industrial sites and in newly constructed buildings, often working discarded materials into makeshift furniture and decorative objects. After an arts residency in Barcelona in 2005 and a visit to France in 2006, Davis steered her arts practice toward spaces reminiscent of those early childhood memories. In researching and documenting understructures, abandoned buildings and marks left behind in the built environment, she found ‘beauty in decay, random marks, aerial perspectives, graffiti and weathered surfaces’. Ever attuned to the narrative and oneiric possibilities of timeworn surfaces, Davis’s latest exhibition creates an altogether seductive immateriality from abrasive mediums such as cement, iron and rust.

Davis’s practice spans twenty-five years and encompasses painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, book arts, textiles, installation‚ video‚ sound and virtual worlds.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, the UK and the US and is represented in numerous private and public collections. She has received awards and residencies both nationally and internationally, and her digital artworks have been projected onto buildings in Times Square, New York and in 2017 at The Venice Biennale 57. “La Biennale di Venezia” in Italy. Davis currently works from her studio in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria, Australia. By DR. Ewen Jarvis 2018

Wallmatter 5, Acrylic, shellac, pigment, sealer on canvas, 122 x 92 cm

For more information please contact

Dr Ewen Jarvis

Curator

Yering Station Art Gallery

38 Melba Highway

Yarra Glen Vic 3775

P + 61 3 9730 0100

M + 0400 894 646

artgallery@yering.com

www.yering.com

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Exhibition Launch. Yering Station. Jenny Davis. Spaces Below.

April 9th, 2018

Jenny Davis

Spaces Below

10 April – 20 May 2018

Exhibition Launch: Friday 13 April 6.00 – 7.30 pm

 

For more information please contact

Dr Ewen Jarvis

Curator

Yering Station Art Gallery

38 Melba Highway

Yarra Glen Vic 3775

P + 61 3 9730 0100

M + 0400 894 646

artgallery@yering.com

www.yering.com

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

View of Urban Paris.

April 6th, 2018

One thing leads to another, everything is connected…

split second images flash by –  embed

opening cracks

rough

rust

decay

rubble

dirt

paint

crumble

torn

scratchy

weathered

worn

unseen

forgotten

abandoned beauty…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Small Ideas. An installation of abstract paintings and found images.

March 30th, 2018

My next exhibition,”Spaces Below” is an installation of new & older paintings, linking to found, instantaneous marks, surfaces and fragments. Subconscious notes and messages, snatched from urban and rustic environments when passing through. Also includes, a series of framed images, shot in the city and outer suburbs of Paris, France.

(Please see details of “Spaces Below” exhibition in the sidebar)

 

 

I’m still amused and amazed, how one little idea can consume, inspire and provide enough fodder, leading to many forms of expression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spaces Below. Bubble – Wrap. Gaffa Tape.

March 28th, 2018

The countdown is on… only 14 days until I install my exhibition, “Spaces Below” at Yering Station Gallery, which means, 14 days of bubble-wrap and gaffa tape tangles, labeling, organizing transport, invites, and the opening.

 

 

The artworks in the house are all ready to go and still lots more in the studio to wrap, but for now, I think its time to grab some lunch and veg out for awhile….

 

 

 

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“Spaces Below” Jenny Davis

March 17th, 2018

Jenny Davis

Spaces Below

11th – April – 20th May

Official Opening: Friday April 13th –  6.00 – 7.30 pm

Dear Friends

Jenny Davis would like to invite you to her new exhibition, “Spaces Below”

 in the beautiful Yarra Valley, at the historical Yering Station at Yarra Glen in Victoria.

Exhibition runs – April 11th – May 20th

Address – Yering Station Art Gallery
38 Melba Highway Yarra Glen

Opening Times – Monday-Friday
10:00am – 5:00pm
Weekends & Public Holidays (including Anzac Long weekend)
10:00am – 6:00 pm

 

Commission from all sales will be donated to… L.A.R.C.H. 

(Leukaemia Auxiliary Royal Children’s Hospital)

 

For more information please contact

Dr Ewen Jarvis

Curator

Yering Station Gallery

PO Box 390

Yarra Glen Vic 3775

P + 61 3 9730 0100

M + 0400 894 646

artgallery@yering.com

www.yering.com

 

Yering Station is located at 38 Melba Hwy Yering 3770 Victoria, Australia. Directions.

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