New Prints with Fabric Scraps
I've been making new prints. I call them "prints" because I'm most familiar with printmaking and textiles but I'm not sure these are actually prints at all. And if there is no printmaking technique? And, well, if nothing was actually printed!?! Oh, goodness--the trouble with naming. I suppose these are more accurately called "collage" or "mixed media" but I like to think of them as fabric prints so that's what I'm going to call them. In this way they feel more aligned with my printmaking and textile work and less oddly new. Yes, fabric prints, if you will.
I've been saving tiny fabric scraps and cutting them into even tinier shapes to create these prints. I like to think of the rectangles as buildings and the triangles as mountains and the circles as raindrops or strangely shaped clouds. I've been calling these "Rain Over Some Imaginary Rainy City" and "Rain Over the Mountain Range" and also "Quilt Shapes" and "Pinwheels".
In making these I was reminded of the work I used to make with recycled paper when making books. And also how a quilter would traditionally use fabric scraps to make utilitarian blankets for her family. How a pair of jeans would show up alongside a scrap of a button-down shirt in the pattern of a traditional quilt. So I look at these prints and see the fabric from my son's quilt, my latest mobile, the inside of my new coin pouch. I like that spillover from "craft" to "art". I like seeing the same techniques and materials show up in one and then again in another. I like seeing this conversation.
Happy week to you, friends.