Making Connections ADZ5777. Week five Screen-Printing

Today I was in the studio experimenting with screen printing. Using techniques I started to learn last year, I was set up for a day of printing. Having prepped a screen the day before, when I got in this morning I need only to expose my designs and screen and I was ready to go. I hit a few snags at this point. While washing out my screen to remove all the green liquid, I scrubbed at my designs to make sure that the lines were clear so that he ink would come through uninterrupted, I actually managed to remove at lot of my designs, and the surrounding green liquid that was supposed to be my ink barrier. With three of my six designs ruined, I carried on anyway, hoping for some great results from the designs I had left.

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I did a test print from one of my ruined designs. At the time it looked like it may indeed be an acceptable print, but after printing I could see how badly I had damaged my designs, though I was able to salvage one small section which I made a few prints from.

Experimenting with different size and style fabrics, different colours and with flock and foil, all of which matched up to my theme and colour choices; I layered some designs, created patterns with others and just really let myself play with what I had available.20151028_153519239_iOS20151028_153623970_iOS20151028_162519700_iOS

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Constellation – Stuff: Objects and Materiality in Society

The task for our last constellation lesson was to bring in an object which is symbolic of something other than itself.

‘Semiotics is the theory of signs – the ways in which things, images and objects are vehicles for meanings.’  – It’s not the object itself that casts the meanings, but the person who sees the object. Different object can have different meanings to every single person, yet, like wedding rings, the meaning that has been wrapped around these simple objects, has been taken on board by the masses, making it an  icon.

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The object I have chosen to look at is a key.

A key is a common object, owned by most all people with the functional value of opening doors. Coming in many different shapes and sizes, virtually all keys are used for the same purpose, with the exception of birthday keys; which are most arguably given for significant birthday such as a 21st.

A key on its own means the ability to come and go as you please. A small metal object that has the ability to give access; mix this a context of having reached a certain age, the key then takes on a different meaning, one of independence and responsibility. This object with the said context, then bring a very trusting relationship;  you are being trusted to keep the key, and what it unlock (and therefore what dwells within) safe.

When the context is changed, say into a romantic relationship,  the key then takes on additional meaning; it becomes a symbol of bringing two separate lives together, a much deeper kind of trusting relationship is entailed.


Screen Printing, with TIGHTS!

I was really looking forward to getting into the printing workshop this week, but what with the workshop being cancelled and my Constellation today being cancelled, I seemed to have a lot of free time on my hands. What do you do when you have free time? Make a screen out of tights of course!

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I have a little ideas and drawings sketchbook that I’ve been working in, and I’ve come up with a few designs that I think I might want to explore, the one I chose to do today was a drawing taken from a cross-section of a mineral. I had already explored different colour ways in my book so now all I had to do was mix up those colours, and get printing. Oh and make a screen.

I remembered that a while ago I saw this pin on Pinterest about making a silk screen at home. I’m not going to be using silk, cause well you know, so instead I searched my house for the next best thing, and found them lying at the back of the second drawer in my chest of drawers unit. Skin coloured tights, because I still wear the black ones. To make my screen I grabbed said tight, and one of my smaller embroidery hoops, and pushed the hoop through one of the leg of the tight, pulled it as tight as I could (no pun intended) then slipped the out ring over to secure it. I cut off the part of the tight that wasn’t secured between the hoops, and any excess.

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Instead of creating a stencil, which would be uber-fiddly considering the design I chose, I drew my design onto the screen, using sharpie before I stopped to think whether this would get printed too (it didn’t), and then when on anther search, this time for runny glue. With glue to hand and a paintbrush at the ready, I painted all the negative space on my screen with glue, getting the holes of the tights nice a clogged so that nothing could get through them. It then occurred to me that maybe I should have tried to find a water-resistant glue? Oh well, I’m only experimenting. With a little help from my friend Mr. Hairdryer, my screen was ready to use in no time.

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My fabrics were ready and waiting on a bed of newspaper which I prepared earlier, as was my blobs of paint. I used acrylic paint because I only have white printing ink and I don’t even know where that’s disappeared too. I mixed to green and purple paint, although the purple was more blue/black when actually printed and dried. I also used some white paint because I had a piece of orange velvet crying out to be included. I used a piece of thick mount board to spread my paint over the screen, but be warned, when working with tights, it’s not a good ideas to try and scrape you paint through, just wipe it over the surface of the screen lightly, so as not to pull the fabric and make a mess.

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I’m really pleased with my results. I can now stop fretting about what my design might look like printed, could you image if I waited until next week before printing, I would have been a wreck! But its ok, I’m really happy. I’m thinking that I might do a bit of free machines on top of some, to get the gold shimmery effect that printing with foils gives. I haven’t yet figure out how I would be bale to do that at home yet. Give me time, I’m sure it’ll come to me.

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Screen Printing With Tights!

I was really looking forward to getting into the printing workshop this week, but what with the workshop being cancelled and my Constellation today being cancelled, I seemed to have a lot of free time on my hands. What do you do when you have free time? Make a screen out of tights of course!

20151023_111833149_iOSI have a little ideas and drawings sketchbook that I’ve been working in, and I’ve come up with a few designs that I think I might want to explore, the one I chose to do today was a drawing taken from a cross-section of a mineral. I had already explored different colour ways in my book so now all I had to do was mix up those colours, and get printing. Oh and make a screen.

I remembered that a while ago I saw this pin on Pinterest about making a silk screen at home. I’m not going to be using silk, cause well you know, so instead I searched my house for the next best thing, and found them lying at the back of the second drawer in my chest of drawers unit. Skin coloured tights, because I still wear the black ones. To make my screen I grabbed said tight, and one of my smaller embroidery hoops, and pushed the hoop through one of the leg of the tight, pulled it as tight as I could (no pun intended) then slipped the out ring over to secure it. I cut off the part of the tight that wasn’t secured between the hoops, and any excess.20151023_100435229_iOS

Instead of creating a stencil, which would be uber-fiddly considering the design I chose, I drew my design onto the screen, using sharpie before I stopped to think whether this would get printed too (it didn’t), and then when on anther search, this time for runny glue. With glue to hand and a paintbrush at the ready, I painted all the negative space on my screen with glue, getting the holes of the tights nice a clogged so that nothing could get through them. It then occurred to me that maybe I should have tried to find a water-resistant glue? Oh well, I’m only experimenting. With a little help from my friend Mr. Hairdryer, my screen was ready to use in no time.20151023_103543046_iOS

My fabrics were ready and waiting on a bed of newspaper which I prepared earlier, as was my blobs of paint. I used acrylic paint because I only have white printing ink and I don’t even know where that’s disappeared too. I mixed to green and purple paint, although the purple was more blue/black when actually printed and dried. I also used some white paint because I had a piece of orange velvet crying out to be included. I used a piece of thick mount board to spread my paint over the screen, but be warned, when working with tights, it’s not a good ideas to try and scrape you paint through, just wipe it over the surface of the screen lightly, so as not to pull the fabric and make a mess.

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I’m really pleased with my results. I can now stop fretting about what my design might look like printed, could you image if I waited until next week before printing, I would have been a wreck! But its ok, I’m really happy. I’m thinking that I might do a bit of free machines on top of some, to get the gold shimmery effect that printing with foils gives. I haven’t yet figure out how I would be bale to do that at home yet. Give men time, I’m sure it’ll come to me.

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Pecha Kucha Presentation; ADZ577

Pecha Kucha Presentation

Today was the day of the Pecha Kucha presentation. First of the year! My last Pecha Kucha went well so I was hopeful that I could only get better. I was wrong. After prepping what I was going to say, making sure my slide were in order and set on the right time, with my mood boards packed and ready to go, everything took a turn for the worse. I felt fine before my presentation. While watching the others in my group I was really impressed with their mood boards and the presentations they had put together; how they managed to link their work and ideas to the designers they had chosen to present. Then I started getting nervous, is my presentation going to be good enough? Am I saying the right things or have I left something important out and haven’t realised?

I don’t like presentations. I don’t mind when I’m presenting my own work and ideas, I can’t go wrong there, no one’s know my work better than I do, but when I have to present other people’s work, especially three designers, I start to doubt whether my research is right. This is where everything when wrong, after watching the other in my group, I started to get more anxious as the time for my presentation grew nearer, when it was time for my presentation I thought it would be acceptable, running smoothly at the least. When is started speaking, I couldn’t seem to follow my notes anymore, they didn’t seem to covey what I was trying to say and I was too nervous to make sense of what I had written while looking at my audience and remembering to speak within the time frame. I was saying parts of my notes before the slide for that note came up and then I started to repeat myself. Overall it really wasn’t my best presentation and after watching other peoples, I can see areas that could have done with changing on mine, instead of focusing wholly on the designers I should have brought more of my ideas and inspiration into the mix, added in some of the research that I have done; contact designers, looking up trend predictions and research into materials. All of these things could have been added to the presentation and then I would have been talking about their influences on me, I would have been able to speak about my work and I think this would have helped me keep track of what I was saying and what order it should be said in.


Constellation – Stuff: Objects and Materiality in Society

Today was one of those surprisingly good days. I arrived today really hoping that todays lesson was going to be as interesting as the initial presentation that Ashley gave two weeks ago, and I wasn’t disappointed. I really found today topic understandable, thankfully, and interesting. I would never have really though of objects being transitional; sure I know they can different values and that not always based on their monetary worth, but I found the whole idea of adults having there own version of security blankets quite interesting. I’m hoping that this is how its going to be every week, and if it is, I’m looking forward.  Another thing that was really great was tat instead of just telling us theories Ashley got us to out those theories into action, by asking us to chose an object that we had with us, a transitional object, and telling the class about it and what its value is and if it represents you or not. this is were I come in; I’m about to tell you what my transitional object was which is part of todays activity/task.

necklcceThis necklace is my transitional object, or at least its a replacement for my transitional object. The original necklace was a gift from my mum for my 18th birthday.

I wear my necklace everyday; I never take it off because without it I get this sense that I’m naked out I’m missing something, also it makes my neck and chest feel really weird and freaky. In that case I’m not very conscious of my necklace while I’m actually wearing it. I do catch myself playing with it or running it between my fingers, it seems my hands gravitate towards it without my noticing. my necklace has sentimental value, it remind me of my mum who gave it to me and of the fact that it was ‘originally’ a birthday present. I suppose this new necklace remind me of that, as well as reminding me of the old one, and how attached I has grown to it. This necklace doesn’t represent me, in as much as it represent my relationship with my mum. I don’t like heart shapes, never have and yet when I look at this necklace I’m not reminded of my dislike of that annoying little shape, but of a throughout gift from someone who loves me, and considering that I know my mother doesn’t like hearts either it makes it just a little more special to me that she would get me something that she things represents me or our relationship.


Making Connection: ADZ5777 Week Three

Week three has been and gone, its been kind of  along week but still quite good, and quite productive. I’ve got the top nine designers in my sketchbook, awaiting titles and glue. my mood boards were created last week so this week I’ve been focusing on more research.

On Tuesday I had another individual tutorial, this time with Helen. I’m finding it really helpful t have a different teacher look over my work each week. I get to have the advice of different tutors with the professional opinions and helpful advice, and am able to take this on board. Helen was really helpful. she gave me really good suggestion into what I should start looking into such as the types of fabrics that I should be research which would then correspond with the fabrics that my chosen company uses. looking through the trend I have chosen and picking out key words that I may have over wise forgotten or missed; and she really helped me to focus my path more to know what research I should be doing and that I should start experimenting with ideas for designs and drawings. Overall I found Tuesday to be a really helpful day.

Wednesday I devoted to working. I finished what was left t don on my research of my top three designers I also started my Pecha Kucha presentation and also I started to gather images for a spate sketchbook, one that I am devoting to design ideas images and drawings. with my chosen theme company and trend in mind I started to think how I could relate the three. I started to look at different countries to see their approach because the trend I have chosen encompasses exotic culture finally settling on Thailand. I chose this country because of they’re use of exposed natural elements, they colours and how many of their key designs link into my trend. I then started looking at hotels within Thailand to see how they compare to the ones that are designed for by my chosen company, and then started to think about how I could bring some of the Thailand-ian culture to the work that I am creating for my hypothetical company.

Thursday was another day in the lab or workshop should I say. I was able to play around and create a few samples that I can add into my idea sketchbook, just so I can refer back to these little ideas and see hoe they worked didn’t work; if they went with my theme and company or if they need changing in any way. the rest of the day was dedicated to more Pecha Kucha making. this presentation better come across good all the effort I’ve been putting into it.

Overall my week has been pretty good. I’ve still got quite  bit to do, the rest of my Pecha Kucha, my hypothetical Design brief and some more drawings and research etc. but I’m looking forward.