Just exploring the possibilities. This is a detail of a monotype with stitching and folding.
Just back from the framers! It’s the biggest I’ve done, at 1800 wide by 850 high.
I’m about half way through a new work. I’ve been working steadily a few hours a day. I’ve yet to decide how to present the finished work, which often seems to happen to me…..
Here’s progress so far:
These forms are made of rusted felt, string and twine. they also look good lit from within.
I am investigating the use of verdigris on paper. Ancient manuscripts used verdigris for colouring illuminations. These papers are stained with tea first, and then with verdigris. I know that verdigris will continue to degrade the paper (as with rust). We will see. I have coated these with wax which may inhibit degradation.
My other investigation this week was the effect of coloured wax on paint colour cards. Lots of potential there for combinations of colour. The cards are from Reverse Garbage in Marrickville.
I’m exploring using light with my waxed works.
This is lit with a yellow light, but I’m intending to use white.
I have been joining some of my prints with some rather crude stitching. It adds texture to the work, and visually reinforces the presence of the hand.
Here’s some more new experiments with rust, wax, tea and ink. I’m enjoying not feeling constrained by paper size and shape. Whether these eventually end up as mounted and framed work is beside the point. I’m learning more about the way these materials behave with every mark I make.