While swimming up and down the pool, I was thinking about all the different design projects I could do when I get back to the UK. I have so much inspiration from my time here, that I could create a whole series of Australian inspired designs, for fabrics for different uses. I have been thinking about projects to design fabric for swimwear, casual clothing, garden furniture, and interior furnishings, and how to create a series of fabrics for each function. There is so much potential, but I need to save these ideas for my return to the UK. I have enough to be getting on with here.
I've also been thinking about the environmental aspects of textile design - largely because I have spoilt two attempts to emulse and expose my most recent silkscreen - which is wasteful of expensive, and unenvironmentally friendly materials. I can't live in a totally environmentally friendly way, but I can limit my impact. So if I want to experiment with different spot designs, and print 8m lengths, it would be wasteful to prepare a large silkscreen (c8 feet by 5 feet) for each different spot design. Particularly if I decide to only create one 8m length. So I've been thinking about creating a single spot motif and use it in a variety of ways. This means I need to work out how to mark the repeat on cloth, without the marking system being permanent, so that I can create several different fabrics, with minimal use of emulsion for the silkscreen and electricity for the exposure light.
|Repeating spot designs, where the direction of the motif changes. |
3 spot, 4 spot and 5 spot designs.
I think that a good way of creating temporary markings along a 8m fabric length, would be to use coloured sticky dots. I don't want to use chalk - does not remove easily enough; or stitch - too laborious. If I create a paper matrix, based on the layout shown above, I can punch a hole at each corner of the space for each motif to be printed. Then if I place it on the fabric, and put a sticky dot at each hole, and repeat it down the cloth, I will be able to see where to place the prints. Then I will only need enough emulsing fluid to coat a 12" screen, and will be able to work up spot prints for 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 spot designs, without needing to create huge silkscreens for each variation.
So today's task is to create a single motif ready to expose on my small silkscreen.