Teasel, 36x18", 2018
silk dupioni, hand and machine stitching.
this piece was actually inspired by the back of brocades. I love the way the images are reversed, and the way they take on unexpected patterns
I began by scanning my drawing into the electric cutter software- original drawing is on the left, and the actual cut files on the right.
After the components were cut from sticky vinyl, I composed them on silk dupioni, which I chose for its rich purple coloring. The images were made in sections for two reasons- to maximize the use of the vinyl, and to provide me with more options to create a pleasing arrangement.
I decided to use a reverse collotype method of printing, with the materials applied to the fabric instead of the inked plate. At least that's what I think it could be called :)
Above are 4 steps in the process. Another reason for picking the type of base fabric is that it is quite rough and stubby, so the background would have a lot of texture.
finished print, ready for stitching
hand stitching finishes the reverse brocade look and provides another element of repetition.