Sunday, 27 May 2012

Wired + Tested

What I have discovered is in the UK people don't understand fully what Flywire or Insect mesh is for. No house in Australia would be without it as the flies are a constant and one of the ways of keeping them out is with this wire at all windows and doors. It is never fully successful  - I remember vividly my Mother still having to shovel up sills which were deep in flies ! Wire of all sorts is used on farms universally and growing up amongst it as a material when you are a child can be fun. We played with it sculpturally - it as always laying around. Fencing wire,barbed wire,chicken wire,copper wire,rusty wire,wire ropes and of course FLYWIRE.

Since my last blog I have sourced, tried and tested samples of wire as a matrix for screen printing. Several problems arose, however they were resolved with yet more testing !  Working with this wire is very difficult as it moves easily and mark easily. It has a very easy and strong 'memory' so can looked quite damaged. I am going to go with this and incorporate it into the finished work somehow. I figure these ideas will evolve as I go forward with printing.

I grew up with Flywire or mesh on a farm in Australia

white as a ink was very successful and this opened up the
thought process and approach to the printing - all
will be revealed ! 

serendipity is a wonderful gift - I like the ghost qualities
it reflects the subject matter perfectly

 The ink formed globules within the mesh and this is not what I ultimately wanted so after many trials
and frustration I worked it through and managed a perfect print- out.

After two years of not enjoying working with Aqua colour inks I have finally been seduced as they are perfect for this work. It needed to be plasticised and flexible enough to withstand any movement in the structure of the wire.

So far so good - I have a long way to go now and there is the issue of where to do this ?? There is not enough room at College so I am currently negotiating more space locally to enable me to work long days.

There is nothing quite like a challenge to get the creative ideas flowing !

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