Degree Show 2023
With marbling there is only a certain amount of control.
In my practice, I found silk and satin to be the most elegant material, enticing the viewer. To demonstrate the elegance of silk, satin and marbling. My work became more theatrical in the glove pieces, with mannequin stands that enhanced the over-the-top nature.
I consider marbling as a form of printmaking that captures a moving pattern into a fixed image. I used traditional methods to create patterns on different surfaces: such as wallpaper and a photocopier to create an assembled image. By printing the glove photocopy image onto the tactile material of pure silk, I created a sensory and alluring material experience combining techniques of the handmade and the fabricated, the analogue and the digital.
From hand dying silks to getting them digitally enlarged on fabric, I created a sensory experience for my designs. Ultimately the resulting work has successfully displayed my interest in marbling and how I have elevated it from abstract patterns to contemporary art.
Custom Designed Wallpaper
A Series of Mannequin Arms
7 Pairs of Marbled Oprea Gloves
In my practice, I found silk and satin to be the most elegant material, enticing the viewer. To demonstrate the elegance of silk, satin and marbling, I began dying opera gloves, influenced by Susanne Jackson’s elongated hand paintings. My work became more theatrical in the glove pieces, with mannequin stands that enhanced the over-the-top nature.
The photocopied image of gloves on silk is a striking image that is reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionism movement. This helps the work to be more contemporary as contributed by how the silk material ripples in the breeze.
Marbled Gloves Printed on Silk
In my research, I found 100-year-old books of poetry with marbling end sheets. Marbling is a printmaking method that was used as a luxury for books enhance their elegance. To reference this, I dyed books. I marbled the page ends to further display their luxury.
A Series of Marbled Edged Books
Marbled Envelope Printed on Silk
The newspaper piece is from a 1970 Slovakian Magazine Clip from 'Politician, An Entertainer' with the headline. 'Big White Star'. The translation is about the discovery of a Star in Neptune. The article leads on to the affect scientific discoveries have on the world, whether that leads to mass panic or excitement. Its the idea of new information being received in the world. Even though the original text is from the 70s, I do think it a line with the idea of how information spreads online and how it can create conspiracies.
"BIG WHITE STAR
As soon as a strange inanimate body appeared, the newspapers were filled with theories. Thousands of years had passed until, according to the prophecies, the end of the world was expected."
'Big White Star'
Marbled Magazine Article Printed on Silk