My first attempt at Cubism, taken literally 🙂
With my sun sensitive fabric paints I have experimented with photograms, with varying degrees of success.
I picked some leaves and flowers on my walk home, and laid them on painted fabric. I found the photogram process using the sun didn’t give me the sharpness I’d seen in photograms I’ve seen from the dark room. On a sunny day light spills from everywhere, so it’s easy for light to leak through the sides of the leaves if not laid flat. I want to experiment more with photograms and hopeful for better results.
I’m thinking about creating some sort of lightbox that I can use outside, something to stop too much light spill from the sides. A bit of light spill helps give the photogrammed objects shadows and appear to have more movement, which I find pleasing. My desired result is a happy medium between sharpness and some light spill.
Here’s my results from today, each experiment teaches me more things.
Man Ray was known for his photograms (Rayographs) so I could really move onto some exciting things too if I can explore this process more 🙂
I work better when I have a checklist, and seeing as Mother’s Day is around the corner, I’m checking where I’m up to and what needs to be done 🙂
Do some research, get some ideas, get creative
Go to location I have in mind, take photo
Load photo onto computer, create inverse image in Photoshop to make digital negative. Print negative on inkjet film using home printer
Get materials ready- fabric paints, paint brushes, ink
Get permission to share link from one of the sites I used for research and inspiration
What to do next:
Redo negative? Want to try another print with a square negative
Find some sun!
Paint the fabric evenly
Lay inkfilm negative on fabric
Put sheet of glass on top of the inkfilm negative
Buy a vintage frame for the print
Give to mum
Will post pics once I’ve done!
Since the Song Dong Waste Not exhibition a few weeks ago, I’ve still been thinking about how much is just one person’s environmental footprint. If we were to retain and surround ourselves, as Song Dong’s mother did, with the disposable takeaway food containers etc that we buy daily, how much volume would surround us? What is reusable and recycleable and what would be landfill? Would we reconsider making these purchases in the first place?
I thought about the Pop Art movement at this exhibition, and the use of found products, brands that we bring into our homes, and mass consumption. I may explore this theme and genre in future works.
On the weekend I saw the ‘Wicked Women’ exhibition at the Sydney Justice and Police museum. When watching the artist’s interview I took an interest in her comments about not using black in her oil paintings as it ‘kills off other colours’. Instead, colours are built up to give the depth. The vibrant colours of these portraits have a lot of energy and captured the personalities of her subjects. These women are strong 🙂
I liked the use of vintage posters as inspiration, and the use of props and posing to add drama. I enjoy portraiture and will think about all these things when I work on portraits in the future.