Monday, 18 November 2013

Here Comes The Pun...

Wow, my work was featured on a website!
OK so it wasn't so much featured on there as linked from there... but I am still chuffed to bits! Thanks George Harrison news daily! And now I also know where to get my daily news about George Harrison, double wow because I love that man!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Top Trompes

Yesterday I was so excited about getting my Society6 shop up and running that I completely forgot to post about another thing I meant to write about. Last Friday we had a drawing class with Dan Heath for developing themes n stuff; which made a nice change as it's usually an all female year group with all female teachers [not that I have a problem with women of course, being one myself, but it's nice to hear a man's perspective every now and then]. I struggle with drawing days because I can be disheartened when what's on the paper isn't the same as what's in my brain, but by the end of this day I had produced something I really liked:
Donald Trompe-l'œil
It's a 3D heart made from photocopies of my work, stuffed inside, sewn around the edge and with stringys coming all out of it. It looks very Trompe-l'œil; a word I can spell but not pronounce, so don't ask me; and the scan sort of makes it looks like Trompe-l'œil within Trompe-l'œil; aren't photocopiers I cool? 
The heart carries on from my theme of Metropolis and all the stringys and paper strips evoke a veiny spillage feeling. I really like working in this way probably because I came from a making background, so drawing isn't a familiar cosy blanket to me whereas making thingys is. 
Then I made another one:
I used paint spattered paper and sewed this one on the machine rather than by hand for a different look and also it was the end of the day. I don't like this one as much, maybe because it was a bit of a rush to make so there wasn't quite as much love put into it, aww. These pieces will be my next inspiration for moving into stitch and fabric samples and more veins and spillage and 3D. 
That's it!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Sarah Appleton Design Society6 Store Is Now Open!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

I've been in university for over a month now (studying for a Textiles BA with hhhons) and thought I'd share some of my favourite things that I've made there so far. My project is about the film Metropolis; mostly we've only been screenprinting so that's why it's mostly screenprints.
This was a piece of fabric that I'd spilled Procien dye on; ever the thrifty gal I didn't want to waste the piece so I hand splodged black dye all over it and then printed the red hearts using my exposed screen. It turned out rather punk rock and is one of my favourite things I've probably ever made!
I printed the same hearts in a slightly varied pattern on a thin piece of muslin which makes them look very ye olde fashioned illustratey. Which I also like!
I also cut this rather marvellous A3(ish) sized stencil - regular readers will know about my passion for the art of stencilling - for some stencil prints. Most people peeping over my shoulder while I was cutting it commented that it probably wouldn't last more than 2 prints before breaking, which I was inclined to agree with; however through carefully applied analness I managed to preserve it for an impressive 7 prints!
Here are a couple of them:
In a lovely shade of pullow
In a lovely shade of eye-hurt
I was pleased that it also worked really well as a repeat. That's about it for now... exciting things coming soon though!

Today's post was inspired by The Sound Of Drilling, minestrone soup and the headache I got from writing it without my reading glasses on.