April 13, 2008

Writing on Fabric

Last year, Rayna gave me a curved syringe similar to the one she uses to write on fabric. I put it away and never actually tried it. Then Sue wrote an article in Fibre & Stitch using the same tool. Again, it looked intriguing and I knew I would try it someday.
A couple of my thermofax prints didn't turn out well, because the design was too busy, so I figured I would try using the syringe and add a layer of writing on top. What did I have to lose? I was going to throw both pieces away anyways. The first couple of pieces felt a bit forced. I was trying to figure out how to hold the syringe and how hard to press it. And what the heck was I going to write about anyways?
By this third piece (larger than what is shown below), the technique felt pretty natural and words just came spilling out. Every once and a while you can read a word or two, but for the most part, it is illegible. I think it adds a nice layer of texture though, don't you?

Originally, the syringe was used by vets to administrator medication to animals. Some creative person had a "what if" moment, ran an experiment and discovered a great new paint technique.

8 comments :

Sandy said...

The test really adds. The pieces look rich.

Purple Missus said...

Brilliant idea. I like on the bottom one how you have written the text sideways on - you can't actually see its words until you look closely - looks really good.

Barbara H. said...

Wow, I love them! Looking good!

Nikki said...

The text is great! I would be thinking the same thing -- what to write?

Susan Italo said...

They look fantastic-- thanks for showing us not only a couple of brilliant fabric pieces, but also how you can take some work that might not sing to you, and make it perform an opera!

Lora Martin said...

Judy, these are wonderful! They are rich and changed something not so great to some really useful pieces. I forgot all about those syringe. I really liked them, too, after some practice. Going off to dig them out now....

Judy H in NC said...

They are so great. Maybe I should say "they're terrible...send them to me!"

MargaretR said...

Great idea for developing a fabric you were not quite satisfied with. It looks great. I haven't experimented with this technique yet!