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Jess Does GRIDLOCK

As soon as I saw that Tessuti had a little fabric competition, I knew I had to give it a go!

All you had to do was create a garment using the GRIDLOCK fabric.

Gridlock Fabric

The fabric was on sale for this comp, so I purchased it, along with some Liberty Tana Lawn – Pointillism Red. I love mixing patterns with patterns.

I decided to combine two of my favourite dress styles to sew- using the top half from one and the skirt from the other.

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And here is the final product! I am really happy with how it turned out!

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What do you think? 


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Lumi and Inkodye

I had heard about this new thing that was like screenprinting, but was much easier, so I wanted to try it!

It is called INKODYE! Instead of exposing a screen, then printing it using a squeegee onto fabric, this formula allows you to just paint it onto the fabric, expose it in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes and Ta Da! It is there!

Check it out!

I was excited because Screenprinting at school has been problematic…. exposing the screen is not always reliable. But this technique is pretty sure fire, and it is great for a one-off print which is what would happen in my classroom.

This is my first experiment, creating a little summer tote bag…. Next time I do it, I would put it in more direct sunlight, and leave it for longer! I think I just got too excited to see the final product! HAHA!

STEP ONE:

The Tote Bag…

STEP TWO:

The Inkodye

STEP THREE:

Create and invert the image using the Lumi App.

Beach Feet

STEP FOUR:

Mask off the area that you are going to paint the dye onto. (This is optional, but I think that it looks neater!) Then paint the dye onto the fabric surface. They recommend that you dilute the dye, but I wouldn’t dilute it next time so that the colour is richer. I also recommend putting newspaper in between the fabric, so that the dye stays on one side of your garment.

STEP FIVE:

Place your image onto the wet surface. The image needs to be made into a film negative. This is done by printing your image into an overhead transparency sheet. I held the image down with a sheet of glass, to make sure there was good contact between the film and the ink.

STEP SIX:

Once this is done, place your garment with the ink and film in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes. (Perhaps longer is better!) And then impatiently wait….

You will notice the dye start to change colour as the chemical reaction occurs.

STEP SEVEN:

Oh my goodness, time to reveal the design!

It looks soooo awesome! I am just imagining what I can do with this process!

STEP EIGHT:

No, it hasn’t ended yet, because we have to rinse it out with special detergent.

Once I did this I was a bit sad because the colour seems to have faded… I hope that next time if I leave the image in the sun for longer, it will bode a better result!

Once it is dry and ironed, I will post up another image to show you the finished product! I can’t wait to try it out some more!


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Hummingbird

I have a friend’s wedding coming up…. and while she gave us a lovely registry of gifts, I believe that a present from the heart means a lot more….

For my beautiful friend getting married

However,  posting this up may give it away to her…. HAHA
 

So, I thought what can I give her that is uniquely me? What is something that no one else can give her?

I thought the best thing would be to custom design some fabric for her, and then make this into some cushions. They may not match all her decor, but if there are a few of them, they could become a feature either on her couch or her bed.

I know the colours that my friend likes, so I created this design.

STEP ONE:

Illustration and watercolour

STEP TWO:

Align all parts in Photoshop

STEP THREE:

Recolour and load to Spoonflower

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Ditzy Fish

It seems like a long absence since my last post… but I have been away, down south to get some sun and sand!

At the Beach

We all took some craft stuff to do… but instead I read my book and relaxed.

Now that I am back, I really wanted to experiment with a repeat pattern technique that I read about in a book.

The idea is that you create your design in quadrants, then cut them up and shuffle them around so that all bits match up.

I decided to create a design that I may be able to enter into the Spoonflower weekly contest. The theme is Ditsy sea creatures.

It was quite fun, though without a ruler, I didn’t cut the squares very straight, so it didn’t all line up perfectly.

Now to add some colour….

I then scanned the finished quadrants into the computer to realign and manipulate the image…

The Ditzy Fish textile design

Notice some bits don’t line up? That is OK… It was good to see how well this simple technique can work.

I uploaded the design to Spoonflower to see how it would work as a continuous repeat design….

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I don’t think the design is resolved enough to enter into the weekly contest! But it is certainly a start and something that I can work on!


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More Cushion for the pushin….

After my exhibition I have had lots of my fabric left over. If I had time I could make a whole dress collection!!

The quirky fabrics are all a part of my ALPHABETISM collection! Each letter of the Alphabet has a matching graphic…

Since November last year I have been creating Cushions using my fabrics. I think they really work because they are bright and crazy prints, but in cushion size, they are enough to highlight a room. I have also been giving them to people as unique handmade gifts!

A is for Aeroplane

E is for Engine

V is for Vacuum and L is for Light

G is for Gnome

Z is for Zombie

P is for Peacock

B is Babushka

And finally… not a part of the previous fabric collection… a fabric that I designed for Christmas…

Wouldn’t you love one of these in your lounge room to add some colour?


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The art of illustration

I have a lot of ideas that flow through my head… I often hope that when I put them onto paper, they are going to look as good as I imagined…

sometimes they do… and sometimes they don’t…

This blog is an experiment in how far I can challenge and push myself to reach my creative potential.

This time last year I was lucky enough to have a studio space for 6 months.

When in the studio I designed fabrics using different illustration techniques… I like the way my work translates into a digital medium and the fabrics gave my illustrations a really polished feel.

So now it is up to me to create my own ‘studio’ time…

Ready, Steady…. GO!