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Just come across a new inspiration, Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola children’s book.

Charlie and Lola

Absolutely love her use of printed textiles to create rich backgrounds and surfaces. Will look out for The Princess and the Pea.

Full interview at detailing her technique:

‘I use a computer for a lot of the work. I use it more and more as I get better at it. I put together backgrounds made up of all sorts of elements – photographs, collages etc. After that I can superimpose the figures.’

‘I draw the figures in pencil. I just can’t use pen and ink. Pencil is much less inhibiting and I can rub it out if it goes wrong. I scan the pencil drawing into the computer, clean up the line, and print it in black on cartridge paper so I can continue to work on it with paints, collage or whatever. Then I cut out the figures and scan them into the computer again.’

Lauren Child’s official website:

Interview in Saturday Telegraph – The World of…


Shibori workshop on Monday.

“Shibori is the collective term in Japanese for tie-dye, stitch-dye, fold-dye, pole wrap-dye, etc. It is translated into English as shaped-resist dyeing, because no comparable embracing term exists in English.”

Number of samples including:

  1. Wrapping fabric around a large tube and using elastic bands for the resist (resulting in pink sample)
  2. Folding fabric into a fan (blue sample)
  3. Using heat transfer dyed synthetic fabric and buttons in heat press to create very textured piece (yellow/orange sample)

Shibori samples

The most successful sample included using plastic string to tie small glass beads on a turquoise blue piece of habotai silk:

Shibori sample

This resulted in a very sculptured and stretchy sample.

Some of my other samples were less successful – largely because the resist was not applied tight enough (i.e. wrapping fabric with string around a block covered with cling film) or applied too tight (in the case of folding and using a ‘G’ clamp).

Over half term break a few examples of using plastic bags have cropped up:

Cathy Kasden dress

More techniques:

  • Patchwork – crazy patchwork and strip patchwork resulting in further samples.

Then a calico project on Wednesday:

Calico samplesCalico samples“Take a piece of calico fabric and a piece of synthetic fabric and cut or tear them into equal sized squares (10cmx10cm minimum), then apply the following words as actions to texture the fabric squares.

Slash, burn, rub, roll, stitch, pucker, fray, tease, shred, darn, re-weave, distress, machine, paint, wax, starch, sand, pierce, layer, fold, cut, melt, matt, shrink, bind, wrap, knot, tie, pleat, tuck, pad, patch.

Now try various joining methods to link and re-assemble your experimental squares.

Hand stitch, glue, pin, tie, staple, machine stitch, button, Velcro, zip, patch, overlap and layer.

Calico samples

And a series of design projects on Thursday and to keep us busy over the half term break:

• Sequence & Series – Starting with a 10cm x 10cm square, choose a section of your drawing and produce a simple design. From this square make one change to produce the next square, i.e. change one element of the design, but otherwise repeat exactly what you did before.  Continue making one change to each square until you have a series of not less than 6 squares.

• Add or Takeaway – Either start with 6 identical squares and add one element to the second square, two elements to the third, etc, until the sixth square has 5 additions or start with at least 6 elements on one square and take away one element each time until the last square is very simple or on its own.

• Various % – Either start with a solid yellow* or a solid purple* square and add a % of the opposite colour to it.  Work through a series of squares increasing the amounts of the opposite colour, e.g.  25%, 50%, 75% etc.

• 2D to 3D – From a 2D starting point increase the amount of relief on the surface of each square until the final square is virtually 3.

Charity Chic fashion show at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh profiling:

  1. Charity clothing reworked and styled by students from Edinburgh College of Art
  2. Chairty clothing reworked by students from a number of Eco schools
  3. Charity clothing styled by a team at Harvey Nichols

V. impressed with ECA contributions and more details can be found on the Scotsman:

“Each student was given a budget of £25 to buy a mix of clothing, accessories and textiles from any charity shop and redesign them to create a unique outfit, giving a nod to current trends.”.