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No camera:(

We went to the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea on Saturday. DS2 went on a rugby tour with the school to Brussels for the weekend so it was quiet! The museum is pretty new – it has only been open for a couple of years. The thing which I noticed first are some huge wallhangings which look as though they have been rust dyed with industrial machinery parts. It is nice to know that this method of dyeing is actually being used for commissioned art. So, of course, I wanted to take a photo of it. Problem! I turned my camera on and the screen was all black, apart from the computer information display. All the menus and everything were working fine but I couldn’t take a photo….

The man in Jessops reckoned the chip had come away from the lens so it has gone back to Nikon for repair… so the blog won’t have many photos for a while, unless I borrow my old camera from DS2.

That wasn’t the only thing which happened on Saturday. I also broke one of my wooden double ended sock needles … so I’m now finishing off the cashmere yarn socks using one metal needle and three wooden ones! Not a good day…

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Rust dyeing continued

You may remember that while the ceiling in my studio was busy leaking during every rainstorm, I put some fabric into a rusty baking tray put there to catch the drips.

It had dried out but the fabric was still there, so I poured some salt solution over it (left over from a dyeing marathon) to encourage it to rust some more.  I also rescued a couple of rusty tin cans from the side of the house.  (Ask my teenage son what they are doing there…. suffice to say that he likes eating tinned sweetcorn straight from the tin, and it is a long way down from his attic bedroom which has a window at the side of the house….).

Rusty tin cans have some nice interesting horizontal ridges on them, so I wrapped some fabric round them.  I also found a rusty old dishwasher cutlery tray so I put that in too, in the hope that the grid design would be picked up in the fabric. 

Here they all are, nestling in the tray:

rusty baking tray with fabric, water and lots of objects in it

I then covered it with plastic to stop it drying out.  Now I have to contain my impatience for a week or two….

above baking tray covered with plastic

I also added some acrylic paint to this painted lutradur (bottom picture)

painted lutradur

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A little bit of discharging…

Yesterday I actually got into my studio and did something!  I decided that since the big table was covered in plastic to catch the leaks, I might as well use it to do something messy.  So I had a go at discharging, using Jacquard discharge paste.  I wish one of the kids had been there to take a photo of me in the respirator … I must have looked like something from outer space!  But I needed it – that stuff is truly wiffy. 

I stencilled these pieces using freezer paper stencils.  I managed to reuse them three or four times before they got too gunky and unusable.

discharged fabric showing shadowy figures

For this one, I had already done some printing with fabric paint using sequin waste, and the paint acted as a resist.  These are figures copied from a newspaper picture.

stars discharged from dyed pinky-black fabric

I also printed discharge paste with bubble wrap and a spirally whisk I found in a charity shop.  Sorry that the photos are a bit blurred – my camera battery needed recharging.

discharged fabric using whisk to make spiral prints

discharged fabric using bubble wrap

I was pleased with the results – they are better than the photos suggest. 

Finally, I decided to make use of one of the rusty meat dishes which we are using as a rain-catcher!  I put some of my previously rusted fabric in there to rust some more.

rusting fabric in meat tin

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