Tommorrow at Daybreak

Images created early 2011 for large scale digitally printed textile artwork and my starting point for AA2A

This print based project is about creating works which bridge the gap between old and new technologies: to celebrate the handmade in a digital age, by taking advantage of new technologies to enhance traditional working practice, thereby creating a new hybrid craft relevant to the 21st century.

I have a long-standing passion for printed textiles, to which I have always wanted to return since undertaking degree-level study in the 1970s. This was reaffirmed in 2008 through a place on AA2A at the University of Cumbria using traditional textile printing methods. The print room felt like a homecoming, having spent most of my professional working life in structured textiles.

 I realised that once again without continued access to traditional textile print equipment and expensive studio facilities the way forward was to investigate digitally produced printed textiles; an area in which I had no practical experience until 2010.

The following year was spent familiarising myself with digital print technologies, and various image manipulation programmes, the challenge being an exhibition of new works for autumn 2011 featuring digitally printed, hand embellished and lasercut  fabrics.

Although satistfied with some aspects of this new work, gaining an understanding of the relevant technologies has been at the expense of in-depth primary visual research and a more experimental approach to image making. The latter is very much within my comfort zone.

 I need now to create a body of experimental visual studies through hands-on printmaking to underpin further explorations in digital print.  I love drawing and hands-on image-making processes and the relationship between first-hand mark making, particularly the way in which this information is processed using certain tools, machinery and technology.

This therefore is an open-ended investigation as to just what is possible in terms of cross referencing traditional printmaking methods with digital technologies onto various papers and textile surfaces.

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