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Topic: A Study in Mold, and how it ate up a week of my life!  (Read 2825 times)
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« on: December 18, 2011 12:44:46 PM »

I just completed my final project for this semester's fiber class. The focus is screenprinting techniques but as I did quite a few things with this project I thought it would be more appropriate in the Misc board.

Here it is in all its glory  Smiley



It started out like this, after I dyed it low-immersion style



Then in class I did a layer of discharge paste printing, and then regular screenprinting over it. It's a little hard to see but there are big areas that were discharged - my main disappointment with this project was the fact that the color didn't come out as much as I anticipated and instead just went to a light green. As well there are mold spore shapes that are discharged as well. Some are printed over with a brown pigment or embroidered over.







Then came the insanely slow and long part, couching on knotted yarn, and then embroidering a million little bullion knots after that. I figured that the total time it took me to complete this project was about 35 hours, with at least 2/3 of the time just hand stitching.









I thought I almost ruined it when I was ripping the edges of the fabric to make it more organic because I accidentally ripped right into one of the embroidered mold spores, but sleeping on it, I actually really like it.




I'd love to hear what you think! Any advice to make it better? It was my first time really trying to attempt texture in my art, and I know I'll be doing more in the future  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2011 12:53:31 PM »

That is mighty impressive! I adore it, especially the geek factor Tongue I wouldn't change a thing!
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That is amazing, SB!
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2011 01:36:51 PM »

Your mould rocks! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011 02:25:14 PM »

That's really cool looking. Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011 05:18:33 PM »

This is a beautiful piece of art!! All of the textures and techniques you achieved are pure awesome! I hope you get an A+++++ for this project Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011 10:41:30 AM »

This is just gorgeous! I featured it on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012 06:16:10 AM »

Freaking awesome geek factor!!  This rocks.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012 06:28:53 AM »

Your LWI turned out awesome, sheepBlue!  I'd love to learn more about the color discharge.  Did you just use bleach?
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2012 10:49:47 AM »

Your LWI turned out awesome, sheepBlue!  I'd love to learn more about the color discharge.  Did you just use bleach?

Thanks Abby! The discharge was done using a discharge paste - my teacher was very emphatic about not using bleach (I'm not sure if it's fiber snobbery or what). I believe she got it off the dharma trading website - it's an iron heat-set process - less toxic than the old discharge paste she used to use but still very stinky. You apply it on the fabric (you can do it by hand or through the screen printing process which we used), and once it's dry you iron it (make sure you iron in a really really well ventilated area). Wash out the paste once you're done and that's basically it. Very simple and definitely something you could do at home - I wanted to hand paint with it but teach wouldn't let me hah.
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