For many years now I have been making framed textile pieces, creating layers and using transparency to describe a scene or tell a story. I use dying, painting, and silk screen printing to create my images on fabric, my prints on paper are almost always one-offs as I combine silk screen with hand painting. My recent work is a tribute to Mariano Fortuny following visits to Paris and Venice.
GALLERY OF WORK
Fantômes de Venise 1 :
These three children adopted by Isadora Duncan are wearing the Delphos gown made famous by Fortuny. The image is silk screened onto hand painted Fabriano Rosapina watercolour paper (220gms.)<br />
Muse de Venise 1 :
This imaginery figure was created using patterns that I developed from Venetian ironwork and Fortuny prints for my fabric pieces for my exhibition "Après Mariano Fortuny" in Paris. It is a silk screen print on hand painted Fabriano Rosapina watercolour paper (220 gms.), with hand painted details.<br />
78 x 53cm.
Perceptions de Venise 1 :
This image of Venice is partially digitally printed from my own photo, I have added hand painting and silk screen prints to evoke the memories and impressions of my visits to the city.<br />
On Fabriano Rosapina watercolour paper (220 gms.).<br />
76 x 43 cm.
Psychedelic Garcon :
Although this piece is called "Garcon", it is a celebration of androgyny, The pattern on the screen printed shirt is from one of my drawings that I have manipulated in Photoshop. The background is created by pulling colours with the squeegee onto hand painted paper. Arches watercolour paper (300 gms)<br />
76 x 57cm.
Intimology 3 :
This image is from a series called "Curiosity"; I have always been fascinated by curios and exhibits in natural history museums. I created these insect figures by overprinting creatures that I created from plant forms onto minature nude figures; the creatures appear as dresses or tattoos on the bodies.<br />
They are silk screen printed onto a hand painted background created by dragging colours across the screeen. Arches watercolour paper (300gms.)<br />
76 x 57cm.
Bijou Fantaisie 1 :
This piece is from a series of experiments with the technique "verre eglomisé" where the glass is gilded and etched from behind. I have incorporated it with an image that I created from my plant studies with insects for the "Intimology" series.<br />
Photgraphic emulsion transfer, hand etching and gold leaf (22ct.) in box frame.<br />
25.5 x 25.5 cm.
Animoto 2 :
This print is from a drawing that I made for a larger framed textile piece. On closer inspection, every detail is made from bones, thus a new creature – half animal, half motorbike is created.<br />
Arches watercolour paper (300 gms.)<br />
76 x 57cm.
Lost Souls 3 :
This image is from a series called "Lost Souls" in reference to the spiritual idea that butterflies represent souls. In contrast to the rather sad tradition of encasing real butterflies in collages, in this piece the butterflies are flying away to freedom. I deliberately faded out part of the image in reference to the danger of their extinction with climate change and pollution. The image is screen printed onto a hand painted background. Arches watercolour paper (300 gms.)<br />
76 x 57 cms.