Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Pictures and printing

For the last few months I have been trying some new ideas. I have made two pieces for an exhibition in the village. The theme is 'Resistance' and after some thought I remembered a Women's Voluntary Service badge which my granny had from the war. I was thinking about the roles women played in WWII, and after some research came up with two ideas. The first shows the Morse code for the slogan 'Careless talk costs lives' and the second shows a factory worker wearing red lipstick. I understand that red lipstick was used as a propaganda tool, encouraging women to boost their own morale as well as that of the troops. Red lipstick was often included in the parcels of clothes, blankets etc sent over from USA to Britain to those who had lost homes in the Blitz. There was also an underlying feeling that women might lose their femininity by having to do traditional men's jobs and that staying pretty would help to stop that happening, how times have changed! Both pieces are on 50x50cm canvas with acrylic paint, fabric collage and hand and machine embroidery.

I have also been learning relief printing as I have often been told that my designs are very suitable for printing and I am enjoying a break from textiles. So I have learnt how to make lino cuts, select different papers and use washable printing ink as that is more suitable for printing on my kitchen table that oil based inks. I have used as a design drawings from my investigation of cell microscopy. In most cases there are 3 or 4 layers of different colours of ink in order to achieve the results. Sorry the photos aren't great!What do you think?


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Jane said...

Loving the prints - are you sure you wouldn't like to add just a little bit of stitch...

Meg said...

Hi Paula, I think your prints are fab. Meg x

PAMELA said...

I really like the complexity of layers in No.1&2; also the simplicity of the last one. I am curious about what you may have done with these since.

Unknown said...

Your print design sure are fabulous. They tell you nothing but the truth. Keep it up. Be an inspiration to your fellow. Thanks!
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