Nov 212018
 

Inspired by Textile

This recent painting reflects my love of textile. I’m inspired by traditional fabric and have developed an unusual collection during my travels.

The theme of my big studio project, Sewing Lessons, is the metaphoric thread that leads through my recent works on canvas.  It’s only recently that I’ve noticed and acknowledged this strong connection.  I’ve given myself permission to enjoy the conversation on canvas.

Sewing Lessons is a large body of work that encompasses printmaking, painting, photography, and print installation.  It’s been in the works for about four years.  I’m now preparing to showcase my labours at Xchanges Gallery, Victoria,  in May 2019.  The print work will be on display in Burnaby at the Burnaby Art Gallery in their satellite space, at Bob Prittie Library, 2nd floor, Metrotown, starting in March 2019.

In the paintings that follow, I use pumice to create texture and carve into the surface. I’ve been working on this piece for a year. This is the third iteration, and it’s finally done. It lay dormant, and hung where I could see it everyday.  Putting Smile aside in the spring, I worked on prints and sculpture for Sewing Lessons.  Last month it went back on the easel for final touches.

Smile  2018 36 x 48 ” acrylic and pumice on canvas

Below is more work taking a cue from textile.

Verge 2015 36 x 48″  acrylic and pumice on canvas

The Blues 2014 36 x 48″ acrylic and pumice on canvas

Off Macaulay Point 2012 36 x 36″  acrylic and pumice on canvas

Big Red  2013 36 x 48″  acrylic and pumice on canvas

I plan to start another canvas immediately.  I’m energized by my new approach to the work, appreciating the strong link between the tradition of fine textiles and my painting.

 

 

 

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Aug 182018
 

Beginnings:  CNC Engraving

These latest small hybrid prints are part of Sewing Lessons, a large printmaking installation project I will exhibit at X Changes Gallery here in Victoria , May 2019.

The project has taken on a larger than life scope over the past 3 years, and led me into the exciting world of hybrid printmaking.

This method of engraving polycarbonite plates is done by converting a lens based image with a computer program.  Then CNC table engraves a line image on the plate.

Sewing Lessons:  A Well Oiled Machine

This new print for my installation are based on a photo image of my first sewing machine. Other methods used in the print are emboss, chine colle, and monoprint.

  The Lace Makers

The engraved lace pattern on this plate sits on the right.  I added carborundum, and pronto plate chine colle.

Cut One 

A CNC laser engraved plate has a fabric-like pattern that supports the chine colle pattern pieces.  The bottom of the print is embossed with more chine colle.

Just bought this excellent book, Post-Digital Printmaking, by Paul Catanese and Angela Geary.  Everything you wanted to know about post digital printmaking but were afraid to ask.