I’m so lucky to have an unlimited number of scarves handy to accessorize with! Is it any surprise that a current favorite is the one on the left – with the brilliant Chinese Red grid!
These prints are made using thickened dyes, rather than printmakng inks. The image on the right is the ghost print.
You can see the first print hanging at The Arts Center of the Capital District for Fence Salon, which runs until July 17.
When I began to use printmaking I brought to it the same techniques I used in the Jordan Marsh collages, but now I added the ink. I started again with found materials, the backing from 5×7 frames. You should be able to pick out the barcodes! I also cut paper into random grids. Before I stitched them together I rolled them with Speedball water soluble block printing ink, which drys so the the papers could be handled. Run thru the press on to damp paper, the result is what you see on the right.
I have been to on 4 interviews, waiting for a 5th, with Macy’s. Over 25 years ago when I worked for Jordan Marsh, which was eventually absorbed into the Macy’s chain, I used my handwritten weekly class analysis reports (these of department 2601, Hosiery) to collage and stitch with. I loved the grid patterns the numbers formed, and it related to the weaving, all about lines crossing, I was doing as well.
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