Day four at Tessuti Print Studio

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Here is my final day placement with Fiona at her studio – what an amazing week I had.  I learned things you could never learn in the college studio and being in a real life studio really is the way to learn ~ here are just some of the things which were great hands on experience.

How to attach a new backing cloth to the print table.

Working out orders received and the printing  order ~ which dyes to mix so that colours can be used all together without wastage and keeping the dye fresh.

Making use of the huge print table by placing the silk and wool fabrics so colours and designs can be done at the same time.

Most definitely NOTHING goes on the print table  ~ dyes, squeegees, drinks etc etc, although at one point I did have to climb on the table to hold the screen whilst printing!!

That however careful you are, unidentified marks still appear – the joys of hand screen printing.

How to attach fabric to the backing cloth and steam fabric correctly.

Fionas’ special recipes for mixing dyes and discharge dyes with extra special ingredients!!!

I learned you don’t need to ‘work out’ if you’re doing full time printing.

I need to grow or have a plinth created for me around the table!!!

Fiona has been amazing allowing  me to work along-side her and share her working life for a week – its really hard work and for anyone who thinks being a textile designer is easy they should work with Fiona  for a week as she multi tasks between screen printing, running Concrete Wardrobe which she co-owns with James and fitting in trade fairs around the world to market herself and local design markets to sell to the public.

Its been another amazing experience and if anything it has made me want to be a designer maker even more ~  thank you Fiona for your patience, making me feel at home, teaching me so much, allowing me to print under your expert guidance and for the laughs too.  Hope I get to come back one day – Judy

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Day three at Tessuti Print Studio

another fantastic day which was packed with lots of steaming and printing enjoy the slide show – thanks to Louise for photographing Fiona and myself, you can see the process well in the slide show. None of the images have been edited!

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textile goodies tomorrow ……

Tomorrow Saturday 15th October Im part of the first craft fair to be held in Love Auction Rooms, Canal Street, Perth if you’re around between 11 – 4 come along and buy gorgeous crafts there will be some of my lovely screen prints, etchings and textiles art pieces and also some little craft pieces, scarfs and bags which would make super presents.

getting everything together

Hope you can make it Judy

 

 

new textile design development

I’ve uploaded my design and development for the final assignment for semester 2 – the self motivated project. I looked at colour in and around the city and gave the designs a retro theme, here’s a little taster

Craft is Knowledge

Changes are coming to Duncan of Jordanstone.  This happens every 5 years within educational establishments and the last few months have been a busy time for tutors, lecturers and those who involved with writing new modules and programme reviewing.  I was amongst some of the students who attended workshops to help those planning the review and last week was also interviewed by a group of external reviewers from around Great Britain.  This was very scary but also a huge step in boosting confidence that has been a little low of late.

Textile Design, Jewellery Design and Interior and Environmental Design are to be grouped together under a new umbrella – Design and Craft, this is a very  exciting time with the hope that some projects could possibly run side by side and give design students a chance to see how the other areas work through sharing ideas.  New modules are also to be introduced but at present nothing has been confirmed.  I  feel its very forward thinking of the University to put Craft in our title.  Craft is knowledge, its knowing a skill inside out. Duncan of Jordanstone has always been forward thinking and are the only university to offer Design Studies looking at designing for the future, teaching us the importance of networking for business, giving us the opportunity of finding our stage on the world wide web and  giving us the opportunity to research now, not just at Masters level. This together with the practical craft skills we are learning will give us great strength when we graduate.

For the Programme Review day a selection of my work was on display for all to see – I was so thrilled. Its from my trend forecasting project – Stripes of the Sea and includes pages from my sketch book and samples of my printing. Context for this project is for one off pieces to be hung in corporate offices, gallery work and as installations – hopefully this is just the start!