I put away the Gocco machine on Friday and did some printing on fabric for a change.
First of all, inspired by Rayna Gillman’s book, Create Your own Hand Printed Cloth, which by the way is gorgeous, I did some printing with the base of some of those plastic meat trays which supermarkets feel it is necessary to send with any meat (don’t get me started on overpackaging, but now I’ve found a way to recycle it I don’t feel so guilty!). I then overprinted this with a couple of gocco screens.
I space dyed this fabric in a cat litter tray last year.
The fabric is not quite so vivid as it seems and the colours are mixed together a bit more but you get the idea. The background printing was done in red fabric paint from Trapsuutjies. The gocco print of the people was based on a photo taken at the chateau de Blois last year in France and the other is of a brick wall.
I also overprinted this fabric which I discharged earlier this year:
And this blue fabric with the ‘bricks’ screen:
I’m also going to join in Maggie Grey’s Grand Catalogue Distressing Ritual. For the mystified, Maggie has a new book out soon and she is offering free online classes for anyone who buys the book. To prepare for one of the classes, she asks us to take an Argos catalogue or telephone directory or similar, slash the cover deeply and put it out in the garden to await its fate by any passing wildlife or weather. Like several other people, I decided to help it along by soaking it first:
And ever since Maggie told us to do that, the summer has started! No rain in sight…. long may it continue.