Looking forward to restarting the Byam Shaw Review , our college art review blog. We’ve moved it across to WordPress for the new academic year, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to expand it and maybe produce a printed version once in a while, with other features. Exciting! Continue reading
I’ve just realised that it’s been months since I posted a review here – I have copious notes on August’s First Thursday which I really ought to write up, or failing that I will find something exciting to review that’s on now. Last exhibition I saw was the RA Summer show, which of course is too enormous to even contemplate trying to summarise it in a piece of writing here; I shall look about me for something of a more manageable size. Any suggestions?
Saw ‘500 Days of Summer’ last night, and I really liked the guy’s black-painted wall, where he draws a huge panorama of the city’s architecture; I’m seriously thinking about painting a wall of my studio with blackboard paint this autumn and using it as a kind of sketchbook and space for notes. I think it could also work a bit like the tape drawings, but with the colours inverted. Quite keen to do it and see how it looks 🙂
Here are some photos of the paste resist patterns, before the dye washed them all out!
After a whole day spent carefully painting a waterlily design onto the pattern pieces for the dress I was going to make, I put it into the dye, being careful not to stir and disturb the paste, and … it just dyed the whole thing. Except for a few patches of lighter colour, which render the fabric useless for anything else.
So, the result of all those hours of research, paste-boiling, and painting? Some blotchy blue fabric and stained fingers. EPIC FAIL. At least I have some photos of the pretty design before I ruined it with dye.
Next time I’ll use wax, or get someone who knows what they’re doing to show me how.
Meanwhile, I have an A-board in my living room as I’m designing it for Cafe 23 in Crouch End; possibly two days before a holiday isn’t the best time to start a project like this – I’d better get on with it now.