The workshop introduced us to the concept of tactile work; we learnt viewing things from a different perspective such as a sense of touch, the texture, antonyms, the depth involved and the layers that could be used. The workshop enlightened us in ways of creating increased depth in the image and helping to add a more physical aspects to the image which can provide added meaning, especially when the image alone may not fully represent exactly what is required, adding a texture can make the image more of a mono print or obscure the structure of the image adding detail and providing increased information to enable a better grasp of the concept.
I was most interested in trying out transferring prints in this workshop as it fascinated me and I wanted to try it myself. I found the time working on the print very interesting as it enabled me to familiarise myself with the printer and learn new techniques especially as I was using a new material for the first time. Once the print had finished I was shown how to iron it and to get successful prints which came as a pleasant surprise, I also found the most important aspect was the invaluable gathering of information, however, if I were to use the technique again I would need to use a hot press in order the achieve the best results, the size of the table used to iron was also affecting the ability to successfully transfer the image. The size impacted on making the surface uneven so it had a white match on the image. I decided to embroider the print as I had a lot of extra time waiting for my transfer print and so I began to embroider an image without a direct goal or any real idea that I thought added to the original image.
I decided to combined the skills that I learnt in both parts of the workshop and embroidered my transfer print as there was a section that I felt needed to help to unifying the image or to add a main focus. I decided that I wanted a new main focus as the image was cropped and it lost its compositional features.
I felt inspired by Pink Floyd – Animals, I decided to embroider a flying pig to provide a sense of juxtaposition, this I used to enhance a flat image that can let the eye drift away from the one dimensional image, I felt the colours may compete with each other even though it’s very picturesquely scenic.
I also liked the fact that my image was very beautiful whereas the album cover of Animals has a very industrial environment, this of course is used to represent the idea of the album highlighting the discontent with the government at the time which by choosing the industrial scenery it, provides a back drop of mechanised uniformity. I over cropped my image sadly, it detracted from the image I wished to convey, in essence it lost the profound depth that I had wished to portray. I used the motif to explore or highlight a sense of humour which is why I felt the pig was a good placement choice. I also decided to make it into a cushion by adding some padding.
I plan to use this method in my project as I would like to make a bed from transfer prints, I want to print text from all the comments I got from telling people that I have Lymphoma, this will represent a difficult subject to portray, but it’s comforting for me, I especially like the use of a bed to represent the indication in which a great deal of time is spent. Illustrating an inability to move associated with pain, although you are unable to sleep feeling wholly uncomfortable and fatigued, you begin to stagnate similarly representing how you became impervious to the continued comments.
Some of the Artists that I felt inspired by and would like to use for artist research, this includes…
Film Strips Material – Bill Morrison
Sculptural Forms – Robert Heinecken, Victor Burgin, WaleadBeshty, Thomas Hudson, Freudenthal / Verhagen, David Prifiiti
Layered Surfaces -Cathrrine Yass
Photographed Surfaces – Martina Mullaney
X-Ray – Nick Veasey
Infra-red – Richard Mosse, Thomas Ruff,
Colour & Surface -Danny Tracey, Susan Meiselas
Alterative Surfaces – Thomas Mailaender
Photograms and Liquid light
We had a workshop on how to put liquid light onto any surface that we chose, the outcome was extraordinary as we were physically able to watch as the photograph develops using the brushes you could physically see the texture of the brushstrokes developing. It intrigued me to develop ideas based around liquid light as I really liked the effect it gave, the scale you could use, however I feel that it could be quite restricting due to the limitation that it can only be used in black-and-white imagery unless you tone it, for example: sepia tone, I wished to incorporate photographs of fire for my project using this technique, however I found out that the only way to help maintain the look of fire would be to utilise cooper tones. I think could be very interesting to learn how to tone the liquid light but also to coat the surface that I want to put the liquid light onto, for instance a 30 cm roll top bath tub.
Photograms I found extremely interesting especially as it’s a most basic form of photography, literally placing objects onto photographic paper and allowing the light to change the colour tones by simply leaving the objects white where it hasn’t been exposed by the light. The silhouettes of objects became very beautiful. The images can be very abstract to view and keep you guessing what the object may be. I love the fact that it is also has a relationship or inter- connectedness with time as they will gradually fade away, they are very mono-chromatic and cannot be fixed nor can they be exactly recreated which is why I like this technique, it is very experimental and you can create beautiful imagery.
We learn how to make silkscreens and also how to print with them using different materials, it is however, and necessary for the material to be a coated with a polymer. This I found very interesting and it encouraged me in many varied ways to be creative, it became apparent that there were numerous ideas and images that can be accomplished through this method. I found it very fascinating to watch the photographic emulsion bond when it is exposed over an acetate image. I thoroughly enjoyed the more hands-on approach to printing in this method especially as every print feels very unique. I love the idea that they cannot be replicated it can however, create issues if you’re using photographs with typography as they all have different and unique issues which could potentially be a set narrative. I would have hoped to use this method to make the cover for my bed however I feel that as the results can be too unpredictable, I feel that this potentially may not be the best method but I would like to attempt this method. We also tried a second transfer printing method which I thoroughly enjoyed as it is very simplistic but the results are beautifully vivid which I felt could give me an alternative option for my bed theme. Potentially too I could use this for my decorative bath tubs, essentially, what I want to create is a visual piece to embellish these items so that they enhance my project.