Sharpie Ceramics

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Started experimenting with putting my designs onto shop bought ceramics! Currently using a sharpie but have just bought some porcelain pens on Amazon that you fix on by putting your designs into the oven.

Really excited to get the pens and use them as it will be nice to have my designs on ceramics that can be used in a practical way.

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Some machine embroidery that I did at the beginning of the year. I like the juxtaposition of the macabre images of the animal skulls against the delicate background of the embroidery rings. I always like to leave the loose threads hanging when I do any embroidery, I feel that the loose threads have sort of become my mark when i’m creating embroidery in my work.

Laser Cutting

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These are some laser cuts that i did in second year, I find myself collecting things constantly and one of the things that I always seem to hold on to are my train tickets to and from uni. I didn’t want to just throw them away so I sewed them all together and used them when i went on the laser cutter. My work in second year was based around the skeleton, the images that I laser cut were from medical books that I found in the library.

 

Transfered Images

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These pieces of work are examples of what i was experimenting with in my first year on my Fine Art course. Pattern is something that has always influenced my work, i like the idea of a colourful repeat pattern with the juxtaposition of a heavy black image laid over the top. I created these by printing the images from a normal computer printer, I then used a paintbrush to cover the image in nail varnish remover (Acetone free). I then laid the image face down onto the fabric (this was done while the image was still wet from the nail varnish remover) I then put the image through the printing press to apply pressure to the image so it would transfer from the paper. This is a easy method of printing that i learnt when i was doing my access course at college, it is a good way of transferring any image on to fabric or paper and i think has a similar effect to screen printing.

Impersonators Exhibition, Leeds, Dec 2013

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Organised by a group of friends from Leeds College Of Art who were kind enough to include some of my work in this exhibition, it was held at Lambert’s Yard in Leeds and ran from the 12th – 15th December, 2013. The exhibition itself featured a collection of work from students in Leeds and was based around the idea of ‘impersonators’.

My contribution was a series of three pieces of work of famous artists which i recreated through the use of machine embroidery. The artists whose work i recreated were, Frida Kahlo, Roy Lichtenstein and Salvador Dali, my idea to use these three artists in particular meant that i could recreate a series of very different pieces of art by using the same method. One of my pieces was done on paper and the other two were done on some vintage fabric, i used black thread as this is my preferred way of working as i feel it gives a bold juxtaposition against the light paper and fabrics.