Initial testing of process

Trying to sort out a process for using photographic film or paper in photograms or pinhole camera or both. I want to use the darkroom because I can and to learn new skills but I also want to get a good quality negative to use to reproduce photograms.

So far 4×5 film creates the best negative or doubled over transparency fused with laminating.

Very best result is direct object on fabric but that eliminates darkroom and photographic editing.

Cyanotype and solar fast together are allowing me to create more colour and so far working on silk also allows the addition of landscape dye. Silk doesn’t give as good an image though so another option is to rely wholly on cyanotype for blue and Solar Fast

Thinking of ‘Ghosts of Childhood’ as topic to explore and using old toys found around the house or downstairs in my youngest son’s room after he moved out.

Photograms

https://www.tate.org.uk/tate-etc/issue-33-spring-2015/out-light-shadows

Viewed 22 Feb 2020

Link to a Tate article about photograms

SAM FALLS

Artist who sort of uses photograms- fabric is laid out covered with natural material and then sprinkled with pigment and left out in the weather.

https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/artists/sam-falls/ Viewed 22 Feb 2020

I think his pigment could be as simple as fabric dye. If the fabric was primed with soda ash first this would work.

I think I’m more looking at developing photograms with cyanotype or solar fast but I do love the serendipity of these sort of works that harness the weather and time.

Melissa Zexter

Thinking of the photography unit coming up and I saw this. Melissa Zexter embroiders on photographs. Looks like most of the photos are black and white and then the colour is added through embroidery.

I’m thinking of photograms or pinhole photographs transferred to fabric and then potential addition of colour with ink or embroidery.

http://www.melissazexter.com/embroidered-photographs-2018#1

Viewed 20 Feb 2020

Maggie Dillon

For 20 year I’ve thought about using fabric as paint in an impressionist style. This is what Maggie Dillon does.

When I zoom in I can see that she is holding irregular shaped pieces down with zig zag and that the thread is part of the design from a distance. It’s impressive but I guess it’s not what I’m doing now. Although I’m a bit confused about what I am doing.

http://www.maggiedillondesigns.com/

Viewed 1 Feb 2020

Andra Stanton

Looking at the jurors for saqa exhibitions is a good way to find successful art quilters.

Art Quilts

Viewed 30 Jan 2020

The above work is like a drawing. Certainly achievable for me. I also think I need to be less anal about raw edges as seen below.

She also makes 3D sculptural work which I’m a bit interested in given that I’m going to do sculpture too this year.

https://andrastanton.com/dimensional-art/ Viewed 30 Jan 2020

I always like something to have a practical use too so I’m thinking of vessels. But I love the boxes above. A simple way of presenting what is essentially 2D work.