Made on Monday 45 – Expanded Square #3

This week’s MoM is another of my Expanded Square experiments, as I wrote about last week, from Jane Dunnewold‘s Creative Strength Training course. It follows the rules a little more closely, in that it is just in black and white, but it’s also done in fabric and embellished a bit with stitching. I really like the bold graphic designs that can be created with this technique. 

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Sue

Made on Monday 44 – Cacophony

I have begun working through Jane Dunnewold‘s Creative Strength Training course, actually a third time through reading it and really trying to do the exercises and get with the program generally. It is a way to develop a habit of artistic practice. She likens the practice of art to the way an athlete might practice, but in the case of artists, the ‘cross training’ comes in the form of writing and other types of exercises, contemplations to help a person define what their intentions are with regard to their art, and create a system to achieve them.  The exercise in the second chapter is called “Expanded Square”. The challenge is to make some following directions, and then to see what happens if you don’t follow the rules. The chapter has to do with acknowledging our “inner rebel”. Initially, we were to create the expanded boxes using black and white paper and a pair of scissors. Okay, well, I didn’t have any black paper, but I had some other-colored paper, so I used that instead. Here’s my first set:1

I was quite taken with the graphic look of these shapes. I can see using them as a repeating overall design of one or more of them. There is a sort of surprise in the design that happens as you flip the cutout pieces out of the square and stick them down. Next, I thought I’d try to expand some boxes using iDraw. This resulted in expanded boxes within boxes.

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Naturally, having broken the “color rule”, I also immediately wanted to try this in fabric, so I’ve been making a series of interpretations in cloth, in the MoM format of 5″ square.

Made on Monday #44

cacophony, 

Harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.

discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds. Frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

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Sue

Made on Monday 42 – Into the Fire

Another image from the night kitchen. I noticed after I finished it that my thread sketching had placed my walking figure (one of the night shift workers) in an anatomically improbable pose, but that’s just consistent with the middle of the night state of being. This was made using discharge paste (more on which, see below) applied with both a stamp (texture on the left) and a stencil (walking figure) on commercial printed fabric, to which I added machine stitching and a bit of foil.

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Like last week’s MoM, this one is also a result of experiments in color removal. This one specifically used Jacquard Discharge Paste. I applied this material to several different commercially dyed and/or printed fabrics, just to see what happened. I did a similar experiment with one of those bleach pens you can buy in the laundry section of the market. I think I was a little too hesitant in the amount I applied with both these discharge agents, but still I got some interesting results. I applied them in various ways, sometimes by stamping, sometimes with stencils, sometimes just freehand drawing (with the bleach pen). I did discover that while the bleach pen removes some of the color, it does not necessarily remove it all…that is, on a black fabric, for example, the image that remains after bleaching reveals one of the constituent dyes that made up the original fabric color.

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The Jacquard Discharge Paste, on the other hand, seems to remove all the color, and leave a white image. (This can then be over-dyed, or painted, or otherwise re-colored, as I did with last week’s leaf image.) Here are a couple of examples of the effects of discharge paste. The one on the right is an example of where I could have been a little more liberal in the application. The one of the left, maybe a little less!

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Sue