Life after sprout continues…. experimenting with the CS800 –

“SPUNBOND WITH UNLIMITED POSSIBLE USES

CS 800

For experimental surface designs, for home decor and interior designs as well as painting.”

 

Well that is the marketing blurb. It is a firm white synthetic, designed to take colour and stitch. Think pelmet vilene/stiffener but with out the thickness and weight.

c

 Applying colour – the surface is reasonably firm but has furred up a bit with the Inkintense pencils I tried above. Thin paint sat on the surface below and soaked in unevenly but with out the  furriness.  P1180353 I washed the piece to knock out any surplus paint before stitching and the structure of the fabric is obvious but not unattractive – reminds me of chip board or wax resist crackle.

Theme-wise I am on one of those cyclic tangents again – this one from years ago – and more years ago before that.

I have been back  up in the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors  that I know well, and that has raised the old quandaries about trying to draw them. What am I drawing? is it that one view? or is it more about what I know of the landscape, where the paths go, what is round the corner just out of sight? Are my memories and understanding of walking through that space as important as that photographic image?  Well, I like stories more than photos – I have more books than pictures – narratives are histories – and experiences are personal, tying place and time.  An awful lot of concept and theorising for a very simple visual outcome.

b4

b

Meet the portable landscapes a, b  and c.

The piece of  CS800 was sliced and diced – just in straight blocks. The pieces are reattached edge to edge by zig zag stitch. so that they can flex without bending.  The image is stitched  on directly .  The gaps were made by inserting a piece of solufleece and washing it out after stitching. They are small, soft sculpture, and can be arranged however the mood takes.

a

I like the play on scale and perspective, the ideas of front and back being not important, and also that each time these are put out the angles and emphasis changes. The simplicity is fun – it is about leaving out not embellishing.  It is making me focus on stitch patterns, markmaking with a sewing machine. I am keeping the colours minimal – deep olive, beige and gold, and adding on the odd splash and wash of ink. The monochrome ish-ness is just so lovely and stark.

As for the CS800 – it takes stitch without  quibbling, distortion or complaint. Though it does blunt needles quite quickly,  the machine stitches fairly cleanly and consistently. Problem is the lack of ‘healing’ the holes made by the needle. Also its strength is that it doesn’t fray or tear and cuts like cardboard, but is it happy to stand on its edge without wilting?

Scale is going to increase since I have grabbed some more supplies from work, but this size is pretty cute and easy to manage.  The next batch is going to play with ideas of frame and layers – fun.

a3

My severest critic? Photo crashed by a ladybird.

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