Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Goodsh*t: Prints & Paul

Paul. Watch out Steve.

African Wax Print


Before there was Steve, there was Paul. And before there were either of them people were doing some important shit, designing beautiful fabrics. (I got full-on exposure about age 10. My dad always had Paul Simon's Graceland blasting on countless trips to our cabin in Ruidoso, New Mexico. It has been forever in my top 10 albums of all time. Serious stuff.) And given the background and recent trip to South Africa and recent job change into the world of print and pattern design, needless to say it's becoming my theme music. Anyway...

Current trends in the P&P world are very very ethnic, so much so, I am thinking about taking weaving lessons and booking my next trip to Central Asia. (One director has got me carving potatoes to make stamps for a floral print for girls! NICE!) I just want to share a few of the prints I am recreating:

Ikat - is a style of weaving that uses a resist dying process similar to tie-dying on either the warp or weft before the threads are woven to create a pattern or design. This is probably one of my favorites to re-create, they hail from South America, South-East Asia. I might just need to get that loom. But seriously, no budget for that, so I have been painting with watercolors and dragging those paintings into photoshop and slapping a filter on!

Bandhani - Bandhani is a dye/tying process. Grains are tied to the cloth and then the cloth is dyed, usually in black, green red and yellow. The part where the grain is tied remains white. Bandhani originated from Gujarat, India and various colors and patterns represent imparts of new life. We have a serious budget and I can't actually tie all the fabric myself, so I have been using white-out pens to achieve a similar feel, now if only my darn printers can get it right!

Wax Print - Similar to batik, wax printing is resist dying with a wax pattern covering the fabric. Always multicolored with intricate designs, some versions also include African proverbs. I have not made any designs with wax, but I do a lot of things using Elmer's glue. It's a faster approach and you get similar result. But I dunno, I think i am going to try my own wax designs, I wonder if that will infringe on the fire codes here? I keep picturing lighting candlesticks and dripping the wax all over.

And so that was your lesson of the day.

I HIGHLY advise you click on the links. My descriptions are a little shotty! Busy day today!

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