Saturday, 20 May 2017

Paolozzi Exhibition Inspires Sketchbook Explorations


In anticipation of the screen printing workshop I attended on Saturday I worked on some ideas and designs for the screen-print design in my sketchbook.

I was inspired by a recent visit to the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery two weekends ago. It was full of amazing art, prints, collages and sculptures.

Paolozzi Tapestry
Paolozzi Screen Prints
Paolozzi printed dress, 1970's with Wedgewood Plates 

Paolozzi Screen Prints, 1960's
1953 Cocktail Dress in Paolozzi designed fabric
Screen Printed Designs 1950 - 52
1950's Screen Printed Fabric
I love Paolozzi's use of abstract shapes, blocked colours and contrasting lines. Using these ideas as a starting point for my designs I developed a range of ideas in my sketchbook.

Collage and scrap-booking in my sketchbook

Mixed media design using acrylic, marker pens and washi tape
Detail of scrap-book collage
Mixed media piece with watercolours and marker pens

I ended up choosing something completely different from the images above for my screen-print design, but I had a lot of fun creating these art works.

Which is your favourite design?

Screen Printing at Print Club London

I attended a screen printing workshop at Print Club London in Dalston today. It was brilliant! The team (Oli, Beks & Sophia) at the studios are so friendly and experienced. They explain the whole process of screen printing from design to print with a bit of banter thrown in for good measure.

I selected a design that I have etched a couple of years ago because I love the texture and pattern.

There were about 13 people on the course and we split into groups to help each other print our designs as the process is quite labour intensive and required speedy change overs so we all got a chance to print.

Designs laid out on the paper to help aline the screen onto the paper
Gorgeous coloured printing inks!
Preparing the screen with brown tape to seal any exposed silk-screen before printing
My screen ready to print!
Cleaned screens drying outside
To test the screen you use up discarded / rejected prints from the studio. I really love the layering of screen prints so I selected some cool rejects and cut them to size. Here is a selection of my prints.

It has been a long time since I did screen printing at art college and I had forgotten how much fun it is! I would definitely like to get back into screen-printing and would love to return back to the Print Club London again.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Me-Made-May Week Three

Week three of Me-Made-May felt like a loooong week due to a lot of work related things which I won't go into here. Needless to say it was such a crazy week I had to plan my outfits and lay them out the night before so I had less to think about with many early morning starts.

The weather featured quite heavily in garment decision making this week as it started on Monday quite warm and sunny only to turn cold - this was particularly annoying as I had decided to unleash my milky white legs to the world and I ended up feeling a little under-dressed and chilly.

The remainder of the week was all about layering and I showcased my Liberty Laurel shift dress on Thursday which was a very comfortable wear.

Day Fifteen
Top: Merchant & Mills Camber Set top. Cotton seersucker. Made 2017
Skirt: Dolores Pocket Skirt. Made 2014.
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Tatty Devine Atomic Necklace A/W 2015
Watch: White G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith blue suede Miller brogues

Day Sixteen
Top: Sew Over It Ultimate shirt in Liberty Plastic Fantastic print. Made 2015
Trousers: Gap
Watch: Black G Shock
Socks: Paul Smith
Shoes: Paul Smith purple Marcello loafers

Day Seventeen
Top: Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress in SOI linen. Made 2015
Watch: Olive G Shock
Jacket: Benetton
Corsage: Me-made with black felt and beads. Made 2004
Shoes: Paul Smith purple Marcello loafers

This is fast becoming one of my favourite me-made dresses as I just love the fit and the fabric. I also made the corsage from felt and some beads back when corsages were the rage after Sex and the City. I really should do a tutorial on how to make them!

Day Eighteen
Top: Colette Laurel Shift Dress in Liberty Tana Lawn. Made 2017
Watch: Black G Shock
Cardigan: Gap
Belt: Top Shop
Necklace: Tatty Devine Telephone Wire Necklace S/S 2015
Shoes: Paul Smith grey Dante Brogues

Day Nineteen
Trousers: Gap
Leather Jacket: Gap 
Watch: Black G Shock
Necklace: Tatty Devine Frida Kahlo
Trainers: Blue Nike Air Pegasus

How was your third week of Me-Made-May?

Friday, 12 May 2017

Me-Made-May 2017 Week Two

Week two of Me-Made-May flew by. I started at the weekend wearing a very short shift dress Simplicity 9620 that I don't wear for work anymore since it shrunk in the wash. In my MMM2016 review I identified this dress as something I should modify by lengthening it with a section of fabric but I haven't got around to it yet. I think I should definitely do it so I can wear it more often!

The first half of the week was cold and I still needed layers of clothing (including my well-worn black Gap cardigan) but luckily it warmed up towards Thursday and Friday and you could feel spring was in the air!

Day Seven
Dress: Simplicity 9620 black and white plaid shift dress. Made 2014
Top: Gap
Tights: M&S
Necklace: Tatty Devine me-made at Brick lane workshop. Made 2017
Watch: Red G Shock
Bag: Pink Top Shop
Trainers: Liberty print Vans

Day Eight
Top: Grainline Scout Tee 100% cotton from Sophie, Hong Kong (underlined with cotton batiste). Made 2016
Trousers: Gap
Cardigan: Gap
Watch: Black G Shock
Trainers: Blue Nike Air Pegasus

Day Nine
Top: Merchant & Mills Camber Set top. Cotton seersucker. Made 2017
Skirt: Simplicity 2154 in poly-cotton twill from Samuel Taylors, Leeds. Made 2013.
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Tatty Devine A/W 2016
Watch: Red G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith black patent loafers

Day Ten
Top: Grainline Scout Tee 100% cotton from Sophie, Hong Kong (underlined with cotton batiste). Made 2016
Trousers: Gap
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Tatty Devine Bubbles S/S 2017
Watch: White G Shock
Shoes: Blue suede Paul Smith Miller Brogues

Day Eleven
Top: Colette Laurel Top. Made 2015
Trousers: Paul Smith
Necklace: Tatty Devine Haberdashery Floral A/W 2016
Watch: Olive G Shock
Shoes: Purple Paul Smith Dante Brogues

The length of my spotty Laurel top works really well with most of my skirts because they tend to sit at my natural waistline but with my Paul Smith trousers which fit at the hipline it meant if I tucked it in to look a little neater it soon wiggled out and bunched around. Maybe I should lengthen the body of the Laurel slightly on my next version?

Day Twelve
Top: Gap
Skirt: Sew Over It Tulip Skirt. Made 2014
Necklace: Tatty Devine Brushstrokes
Watch: White G Shock
Shoes: Red Paul Smith Miller Brogues

Another fun week of Me-Made-May. I am hoping the warmer weather is here for a little longer so I can wear more skirts and maybe some of the dresses I have made this year.

Has the weather affected your Me-Made wardrobe this week?