We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Fireflies 2

Still working on the fireflies images - dyed and over dyed the base fabric (cobalt and marine violet) before screen printing with discharge paste then over printing with a mix of bronze powder and ormaline. Used a weak solution of discharge paste to lighten central 'glow' area then used some treasure wax on top to  give the 'glow' effect. Stitched again with the holographic thread on the discharged areas - I really am trying to tame this thread! Both makes of  the holographic thread I have tried (Wonderfil and Madeira) have produced a very stretchy filament which is very fussy about the thread tension!) the metallic thread by contrast on the gold areas seemed a dream to work with!   I was keen to do a design that reflected the 'ball' shape of groups of these insects as they swarm around - but this was not easy with our current 10x20 format!


  1. I love the colours and movement in this piece

  2. I think you have managed to capture the idea of the mass of insects swarming around the light fantastically well. You can feel them darting about!Lots of great movement and colour.