I thought I’d share a few pics of my workroom. This is what my printing table normally looks like. As though an art supply shop had vomited all over it. With some haberdashery chucked in for good measure.
Every so often I have to have a good clear out or it gets too much to create anything there, it seems to mess up my head as well.
One afternoon I decided to clear everything off and put the dropcloth in the washing machine. This is what the print table looks like underneath all that clutter. Wow, wish it looked like this all the time!
I have a large piece of MDF laid on top of the table, and a piece of carpet underlay over that, which creates the soft surface for printing.
Here is the table with a clean dropcloth on top, bearing the dyeing marks from a previous printing session or ten!
Wish I could say it still looks like that now, but unfortunately it is more like the top photo again… that clean table top lasted less than a day. But it definitely unleashed some creativity…
Apologies for the lack of blog posts. I’ve been busy with the pattern course I talked about last month. Module 1 has finished but I’m still enthused by it and busy creating patterns and coming to grips with Photoshop. And observing patterns everywhere. Such as this row of colourful wellies outside a shop in one of the arcades in Cardiff…
I dug out all the various sketchbooks I had accumulated over the last few years and was a bit horrified that they filled three plastic crates! Of course, they are not all full…. some of these are pretty empty…. There are quite a few handmade books and some little ones that I made from watercolour paper and bound with my little blue Bind it all machine.
One of the things we’ve been learning to do on the course are moodboards – this isn’t strictly a moodboard but a collage of the images that grab me, made quickly and roughly in Picasa.
I have also been trying to add more colour and pattern to my studio – this had unforeseen consequences last week! I took down a pile of patterned fabric from the top shelves there and relocated them on to one of the lower shelves – which promptly fell off the wall! Luckily my precious thermofax machine, which was on that shelf, didn’t end up on the floor in pieces….
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