So, what have we been up to?? On Monday I helped Deb and George put their designs onto some photographic screens, and we spent time going through all the necessary steps so that they learnt how to coat and expose a screen themselves. Actually they were very good at coating their screens so the rest of the procedure went smoothly. The afternoon was spent printing their designs onto fabric which is always exciting as the following photos show.
|George is highly excited about printing her 'Sprinkles" multicolour design.|
Photo by Debra Jurss.
|Nicci using a plastic burnishing tool to transfer the ink from the woodblock.|
Now, I have to confess there were a few laughs about my optimistic post last week, where I mentioned I was looking forward to opening the kiln the next day to see how our casting lesson went...haha! As anyone who lives and breathes glass will know that putting the work into the kiln is one thing...waiting for it to come out is an entirely different beast. So I waited...and waited...and then finally four days later we were able to open the kiln and retrieve our samples.
|My casting samples....hmmm ... what is it you say????|
|Two icebergs have landed in the cold room....|
Yes, pretty cool
During the week there was also an impromptu lesson on cutting glass circles with Ruth Oliphant. Ruth was teaching Spike how to cut circles out of glass and before you know it we were all having a go - successfully too I might add. It was very satisfying but also relevant. For those of you who know my work, you will realise that the circular form plays a major part in my artistic concepts - referencing looking down the microscope; the circle of life; the micro and macrocosm.
|Carefully scoring the glass, then snapping it|
|Two of my perfect circles using window glass.|
|Spike prints Cats and Ravens repeat length|