This page shows examples of embellished and manipulated fabrics. The samples illustrate some of the techniques I have learned and applied to my work.
Embellished with buttons, snap fastenings, studs, discharge (bleach), lace and cross stitch.
What is Shibori?
Shibori is a Japanese word that refers to a variety of ways to embellish cloth.
The word comes from the verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze or press”; the process of manipulating fabric, giving it a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting.
Shibori fabric samples: smocking, pleating, modeling.
Paper and textiles have an exciting and constantly changing relationship. In terms of their structures and qualities, they have many uses. Paper is a two-dimensional material, made from fibres which come primarily from many plants, not just trees. Paper is very malleable and can be formed into 3D structure as well as being woven.
Here are some of my examples: burnt, ripped, slashed……………..
Woven paper which has been bleached, ripped, stitched.
Quarter Scale Bust Covering in Honesty seedlings ( a wild flowering plant )
HEAT- TRANSFER PRINTS
Print can be transferred onto cloth digitally with countless different designs and colours. The prints I have here are created using paper which contains dye, each sheet is a different colour so I overlaid them on the fabric samples. I have used ferns, lace, paper- cuts and yarn.
SILK & COTTEN DISCHARGE
Hand painted with discharge (bleach) painted with dye.
DEVORIE VELVET & SATIN
Devorie is a method by which you burn out the print of a mixed fibre cloth. This done by printing onto the cloth using a chemical that will destroy one type of fibre present in the cloth.