Cyanotyping

Because of the Batik work I’ve done and the fact I’ve worked with the colour blue a lot, a process was suggested to me known as ‘cyanotype’. Cyanotype¬†is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies…

Hessian Screenprinting

Through my screenprinting development I’ve been trying different materials and one of the ones that I like the most is hessian. To me hessian says rustic, it says it has history and it’s not this gleaming white fresh cotton you wear. It’s something with value and something to look after well. For this reason, I…

Screenprinting with a Batik Spin.

So after using traditional wax batik processes I wanted to revisit screenprinting as I had so much fun doing it earlier in the year. First off I created a design in Illustrator using the freehand brush tool and also creating vectors. I didn’t wanted to create a ‘perfect’ design as I still wanted it to…

Chinese Wax Batik Work. 3

One of the resident artists in the Maker Lab saw the work I was doing and offered me the chance to borrow a tool of hers to make wax batik work. Behold, the Deluxe Miniwaxer! This was fantastic to use and a lot of fun, I also found that it was much easier to create…

Chinese Wax Batik Work. 2

My next goal with the batik work was to try and create something a bit more appealing to look at, my first attempt was just a bunch of doodles. So I started off getting the wax ready as I did before, but whilst it was melting I began to draw an image onto my fabric…

Chinese Wax Batik Work. 1

After researching it and coming across it in China, I wanted to make my own wax batik. After completing several versions I understand that there was a lot of difficulty and time that went into the traditional practice, and this is why it was/is valued so much within the culture there. First off I was…

Chinese Batik

Chinese batik is a practice that dates back to at least the 6th century and can still be found being practiced today in the South-West of China – Guizhou. When I visited China I was fortunate enough to visit another Guizhou University’s Anthropology building where they had been protecting and restoring traditional batik items. Here…

Ceramic Tile Mannequin Community Project

We started this project roughly at the start of August, we arranged for an Art & Design Saturday Club to come in and work with us on it as well as the general public, advertised through the council. We received funding to purchase the equipment which contained multiple bags of clay as well as ceramic…

Millhouse Toy and Game Manufacturers

Last week we started a sort of ‘work placement’ in which we visited Millhouse in Woodhall Spa, the company designs and manufacturers educational toys for children. The factory produces waste wood quite often from the off-cuts of their toys, so we wanted to utilise this and make use of them. Each of those off-cuts is…

China Street Fashion Project

Last month I spent 2 weeks in China at the Guizhou University of Guizhou, Guiyang and it was an incredible experience. For this post I will focus on the work aspects of it and what we did out there along with reflections on such. I may make another post with details on what we got…

Creative Networking in Nottingham.

A networking meeting was called for the MA students being taught modules by Jim Shorthose in Nottingham, we went there to meet some self-employed creatives that regularly meet to keep their own creative network going. We went to see how they do it and see how their creative minds tick. So we started off at…

Moonshine.5

So I’ve been juggling other bits and bobs in my life and I’ve not managed to get into the maker lab to do some ‘moonshine’ time, but on Thursday I got in and started playing with ceramics. My coursemate Steve Nash (who does some fantastic fashion work you should check out if that’s your cup…