For Friday Focus this week, I experimented with supermarket rubbish bags. Truly, I did. Ever since i read Kim Thittichai's Hot Textiles, I have been dying to have a go at her techniques. She is an extremely well known textile and surface artist in the UK and has training in sculpture. You can view videos of her here (you will have to log in but it's free) and here. Some of the surfaces she creates and those by others in the book are simply gorgeous. I only played with plastic bags today, but there are all sorts of other synthetics to play with as well. What I experimented with was layering and fusing plastics with the iron.
My technique was pretty simple. I used a large leaflet of parchment paper on my ironing mat, simply put the plastic between and ironed. Because the parchment paper is see through, I could see what was going on. Most effects only needed one or two swipes with a hot iron, then peel off the parchment when cool.
One effect in particular which I really liked was in the encyclopedia of machine embroidery. I have just taken the last hour to try and find it. I thought it was bubble wrap and plastic with threads captured between, however it wasn't although it really looked like it. I tried to get a similar sort of effect.
I think the first one is closest to what I was after and with some free motion embroidery, would probably be excellent for bubbles under water (I see sea dragons in it's future).
angelina layered between them. Adding the pieces one by one allows the creation of the holes, which is a great texture, also shown below:
I really like this texture and have many ideas about using it, but I wanted to try one more experiment before the end of the day. I overlapped pieces slightly on a sheet of fusible, then heated. And look what I got!
so I have had a very productive day, hope you did too