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Last week I spent several hours discharging some of the fabric that I printed in the autumn as well as some ugly fabric which was languishing on my shelves from previous screenprinting attempts. I also discharged some black fabric. I used formosol with print paste. The smell is still hanging around my studio, even though I did the actual discharging outside wearing a respirator.
Here are a couple of them, showing the progression of colour on and off them. (I just spent a good while searching for photos of the original fabric on Picasa too – at least this blog can now serve as documentation of their development!).
This fabric started off as an unprepossessing dyed/printed piece from 2006. This was part of it originally:
It sat on my shelves because I didn’t know what on earth to do with it. So I painted it red this autumn.
I wasn’t sure I liked it any more like this. So I screened it with discharge paste and a thermofax screen I made from a home made rubber stamp design and now I like it a lot better!
You can see a little peek of the second fabric on that photo above, which has also been overprinted with the same screen.
Here is how it started:
This fabric was made from a breakdown printing screen and was one of the pieces made when the screen was breaking down quite a lot and much of the original detail had been lost. This page shows the original screenprinting session results.
I wanted to unify it all and didn’t particularly like the original fabric so I overprinted it with the ‘squares’ screen in black. Here it is on my table just after being printed.
As well as printing with black, I decided to give it some depth by discharging areas using the same screen. So here it is now – I think it looks much better. Not sure where both of these pieces are going next but I hope it doesn’t take another 5 years to decide!!