Thursday, 4 August 2011

Breakdown printing in Scotland
I'm still going through the photographs I took of the workshops in Scotland and here are a few of the results of breakdown printing. All of the students enjoyed this technique and were amazed at the wonderful, unpredictable fabrics they produced. 
The weather was kind to us and the screens which were covered with thickened dye and various objects to create texture, dried outside in the sunshine.
Here is one screen that is beginning to dry out. You can see the metal washers and springs placed on the dye. These are removed before clear print paste is used to transfer the textured dye on to the cloth.
This is a first print from a breakdown screen. Only a small amount of dye is transferred with the first prints and Petra was delighted with the fine markings she achieved with the first pull of print paste.
This was a later print where much more of the dye and textures are printed onto the cloth. As the dye colours begin to blend some wonderful prints emerge.
Rather than just place textured items in her dye Ruth carefully wrote the word 'boundaries' with dye on to her screen, making sure that each letter was reversed. She was delighted by the print she produced. The letters created a resist for several prints before they started to break down.
As you can see there are many ways of producing one of a kind fabrics using this technique.
I had a day off between workshops and Ruth took me into Glasgow to visit the recently opened Riverside Museum alongside the River Clyde. This magnificent building was designed by Zaha Hadid and is the home to the museum of transport and travel. The reflections of the Tall Ship moored alongside the quay and the moody sky were lovely.

Tomorrow I'm teaching an indigo dyeing workshop for a local  group of embroiderers so I hope the weather is dry. We had some very welcome rain today, hopefully the lawn will start to return to green instead of dusty brown.
Speak to you soon