Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Experimental Textiles - session 7 - working with metal



A fabulous hoard.

Sessions seven, eight and nine of Experimental textiles are students choice. These sessions are negotiated within the groups and with myself. The groups decided they would like to work with metal on the first day of the session and have a go at working with painted Bondaweb and Tyvek on the second day.

The girls brought all manner of metals to experiment with, and I supplied various wires and mesh.

It is important that the students learn to work with resistant materials as well as fabrics and thread. The contrast of hard and soft can set off great ideas.

Copper sheet that has been transfer printed.

Alcohol inks were used to colour this copper sheet.


2 pieces of copper sheet, both textured and coloured with alcohol inks.


Transfer printed copper sheet that has been embossed.

Alcohol inks . . .

 . . and more.

Copper mesh heat treated and wrapped around a piece of lead.

Strips of transfer printed copper woven and stitched onto heat coloured metal.

Strips of heat coloured copper mesh stitched together with wire and decorated with metal washers.

Copper sheet decorated with painted Bondaweb.

Playing with wire.

A sculptural sample made from lead, copper mesh and various wires.

Rolls of steel mesh.

Transfer printed copper metal that has been distressed with a bradawl.

Heat coloured copper mesh.

We also had fun distressing Tyvek.

 We also had a play with painted Bondaweb, on paper and fabric. It would be rude not to . . . .

Painted Bondaweb on a grey fabric with gilding flake and blue transfer foil.


More painted Bondaweb, transfer foil, gilding flake and strips of paper.

We have session eight over the next four days. We will be discussing mounting, framing and finishing work and the group will be working on their projects.
They are working very hard, I am so pleased with how things are working out.
I am looking forward to seeing what they have been up to.

More next week. . . . . 

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