This chapter is concerned with moving the design process further on, primarily by looking at small details of the Asian textiles that I studied at the exhibition I visited, and using this information to make relief surfaces.
The 2 bird stamps are bought woodcuts but do fit in well with the designs that I also researched in Sheila Paine's Embroidered Textiles.
This first sample was printed in black tissue paper using wax crayons and iridescent chalk pastels.
I then moved on to coloured BG papers, still looking at the fabrics for pattern ideas.
The above prints have all been tried using the rubbing technique, not something I would do out of choice with a stamp, as I'm much more comfortable printing with it.
So the next 4 samples have been worked with the stamps using stamp pads and bleach, and I think the results are much freer
and more my style.
Next the paper surfaces themselves were manipulated after printing and arranged to make different designs.
I think this was a very good design exercise as it was so closely linked to the inspirational source and yet this last sample has moved so far away from it that it has a life of its own which, for me, proves the process works.