Posts Tagged ‘metal’

“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.

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media 6a

 

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

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media s7

 

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

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media 4s

 

and after finding some leftover weathered metal from my welding days

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media 5s

 

my ideas eventually came together.

 

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media 10s

 

By just letting go and believing in the creative process

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media 2s

 

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

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media 9s

 

and some of the materials I will be using.

 

Jenny Davis_Concrete Mixed Media 8s

 

 

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How to Rust Dye Fabric.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Lately I’ve been experimenting with natural dyeing processes for fabrics and papers. I’m trying out rust dyeing at the moment. I want to build up a collection of natural and rust dyed fabrics and papers so when my next creative spurt comes around, I’ll have plenty to work with.

Over the years I have collected heaps of metal for welding my sculptures so have plenty bits hiding on my property just rusting away. 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.

It only takes a couple of hours for marks to appear but I like to keep mine for up to a week or two so I can get deeper impressions and colours. I discovered if I wrap fabric around old pieces of copper pipe the amazing green and red patinas are transferred to the fabric as well.

I’m happy with the end result and see connections to the abstract marks I create in my paintings. There are paintings in themselves

Go to my tutorial on Rust Dyeing here

 

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