Tuesday, November 8, 2011
A marriage of craft and imagery
Recently, I combined my love of sewing and photography together to create unique pieces of art/clothing/accessories. I used Liquid Emulsion to light sensitize the fabric and expose an image on top in the darkroom. Afterward, I processed the fabric like photographic paper, waited for it to dry and then pieced and sewed together the rest.
My first attempt was with a completely sewn shirt (shown at the beginning of this post). I painted liquid emulsion directly on the front of the shirt and exposed it in the darkroom. My second attempt was with a dress. Keeping the bodice and skirt pieces separate, I put liquid emulsion on each piece before sewing together. Similarly, I created a simple hand tote working the images on separate fabric pieces before joining them together.
I am drawn to and amazed by the idea of imagery and textile. I hope to create a few more pieces to come. Unfortunately, liquid emulsion is not a lasting image-making medium and it easily comes apart when the clothing is washed. My hopes are to move into Cyanotype and create these pieces once again but with a steadfast and lasting outcome.