Printmaking

Monday, October 31, 2011

I’ve just spent a lovely weekend at Llanthony Art in the Black Mountains of Wales, doing a fantastic woodcut printmaking workshop taught by painter/printmaker Veronica Gibson. I’ve wanted to try woodcut printmaking for ages – there’s something about the quality of the images that really appeals to me.

I’m definitely going to do more woodcuts, having done this star as a first attempt – but the surprise of the weekend was collagraph printing. Whilst playing I created this series of images, using knit and crochet samples and the printing press.

I love the simple collagraphs, which show off the structure of the fabric so well. And exciting things were starting to happen with embossing the fabric textures into the paper, especially with further woodcut prints on top, which really brought out the structure.

Can’t wait to do more, could someone arrange some more hours in the day please?!

COMMENTS FROM ORIGINAL BLOG POSTING:

Gemma Latham 

  1. They are beautiful, like little knit x-rays. Love the emboss effect.

  2. Thanks Gemma! Yes, somehow they show off the structure of the fabric better than the piece itself, especially the x-ray ones!

  3. Cool! Going to look up ‘collagraphs’ now.

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Workshops: crocheting, stitch-hacking, granny squares

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I thought I would share the fun from a few recent workshops. First up was a crochet lesson in a tent, which formed part of the hen party celebrations for Lisa, organised by her sister Claire. None of the group had crocheted before, but in the two hour lesson they managed to produce enough pieces to create a stunning – and certainly unique – cushion cover panel!

I had a fun afternoon puzzling the rectangular and not-so-rectangular pieces together. Each person tagged their piece with their name, so Lisa could remember everyone who contributed.

Next up was my Stitch-Hacking workshop at Prick Your Finger, held to coincide with the start of my exhibition in the shop (more on the exhibition, and what stitch-hacking is, here). It was a lovely cosy afternoon and everyone got the hang of the technique pretty quickly. In the pictures you'll find one of Rachael Matthews stitch-hacking a plain pink jumper she picked up when we were in Shetland last year. There's also a birds-eye view of some more of the action (including Tomofholland wearing his amazing red knit-frock which he’d just completed – read about it here). Good work everybody! I would love to see pictures of any ‘hacks’ you do in future!

And finally, I wanted to share an email I received after running a Hand Knitting and Crochet Workshop here in the Keep & Share studio a couple of weeks ago. I had a little group who worked really hard all day, going from absolute beginners to competent crocheters! The email is from Amanda, who particularly wanted to learn so she could make a granny square blanket:

“I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say a really big thank you for a most excellent Crochet workshop on Saturday. I have attached my first granny square attempt that I completed on Sunday evening. Although not perfect I am so pleased that it actually looks like what I set out to accomplish and two others actually can tell what it is. I am now planning on putting the quilt to one side and trying to do a single square blanket – hopefully in time for Christmas Eve (will let you know how I get on!)”

The final image above shows Amanda’s granny square – good luck with the blanket! 

You find out more about my workshops here. My next Hand Knitting and Crochet Workshop runs alongside a Stitch Hacking Workshop on 17 March 2012.

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Stitch-hacking and pattern-blagging at Prick Your Finger

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tomorrow I’m off to set up a exhibition of my work at London knitting mecca Prick Your Finger. I’m focusing on stitch-hacking and pattern-blagging, two techniques that I’ve developed over the last couple of years:

Stitch-Hacking the laddering and reconfiguration of stitches in an existing knitted garment

Pattern-Blagging the modification of an existing knitting or crochet pattern to create a personalised item

The techniques are used to adapt existing garments and patterns to include personalised content. On a conceptual level, these pieces explore authorship and ownership; on a personal level, they allow me to put something of myself into my wardrobe.

Update: the original post included images and descriptions of the pieces in the exhibition. That information can now be found on each item's project page:

Who Made This? stitch-hacked cardigan

20.11.09 - 1976 pattern-blagged crochet smock

Amy 2010 stitch-hacked cardigan

St Michael - 12 - 40 stitch-hacked cardigan

1.12.2010 - 1.10.2011 pattern-blagged Shetland lace shawl

Want to have a go? I’m running a stitch-hacking workshop at Prick Your Finger on Saturday – enquiries/bookings to the shop on 020 8981 2560.

The exhibition will be on for 6 weeks or so – private view tomorrow from 6pm, all welcome so hope to see you there! (260 Globe Road, E2 0JD, nearest tube: Bethnal Green)

COMMENTS FROM ORIGINAL BLOG POSTING:

tomofholland 

  1. Amy, thank you so much for the workshop, I really enjoyed learning new skills. I hope to be able to post a hacked garment soon!

    Amy 

  2. Lovely post from the Prick Your Finger blog about the exhibition, private view and workshop: click here

    Tom – thanks for coming, it was great to meet you and I can’t wait to see what you hack!!

  3. And another post about the stitch-hacking work, from the Folksy blog: click here

    fitterknitter.com 

  4. This is so cool. Can’t wait to try it.

 

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