Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pasadena Museum of California Art

My friend, Madeleine, and I went to the Pasadena Museum of California Art today. There are 3 graffiti exhibits on display until September 4th. I wanted to get some inspiration for a project that I'm working on. We weren't allowed to photograph the exhibits. I decided to take pictures of the front of the museum painting by Renta and the garage painting by Kenny Scharf. If you're in the Pasadena area before September 4th, I recommend stopping by the museum to see these inspiring exhibits.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

"A Tribute to Mark Indig" Postcard

For the fiber postcard group this month, our theme was "Geometric Shapes". I have to admit it was a tough theme for me. Every design I sketched seemed too simple.....not interesting or creative. Then I looked at one of my design walls and noticed an torn page of the LA Times with an article on photographer, Mark Indig. I decided to pay tribute to one of his photographs. The postcard above titled "A Tribute to Mark Indig" is inspired by one of this photographs. Here is the link to his website so you can check out his photographs of urban landscape.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Screen Printing with Jacaranda Leaves

The other day a branch from a nearby Jacaranda tree fell. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use some of leaves to screen print fabric. I took pfd fabric and pinned it to a folded drop cloth. I laid some leaves on top of the pinned fabric. Then printed using thickened green dye over the top. The first print came out nice and clean.

I decided to leave the thickened dye on the screen overnight so, I could try the technique called Deconstructed Screen Printing.  The next day, I pinned a new piece of pfd to the drop cloth and screened thickened Sodium Alginate to release the dried dye. This print came out too light.
I had some Jacaranda leaves left over so, I decided to print over this fabric.  Using a clean screen, I pulled thickened purple dye on top. The white and light green shows through to add depth to the fabric.