Design

BLOCK & LINO PRINT

Long road crossing meseta

 Templar Fort, Ponferrada 

 Bishop’s Palace, Astorga, Gaudi design  

Long road crossing meseta

 Templar Fort, Ponferrada

 Bishop’s Palace, Astorga, Gaudi design  

Tau crosses for monkish pilgrim walkers, Gaudi palace arches, pattern of the long road ahead reversed.
The Camino Santiago is also known as El Camino de las Estrellas, “The Way of the Stars,” as itfollows the Milky Way above.
Mediaeval pilgrims walking at night would use it to guide them.

Textured paper 1: white acrylic on black paper with sea salt granules to form Milky Way pattern.

Textured paper 2: white acrylic on black paper with moss to form Milky Way pattern.

Shapes traced from ball sculpture of books & magazines, “Singularidade 2011” by Alicia Martin Lopez, Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela (more ethereal than other shapes tried

Shapes traced from ball sculpture of books & magazines, “Singularidade 2011” by Alicia Martin Lopez, Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela (more ethereal than other shapes tried

Stylized image of Milky Way from textured papers plus “soul bird” shapes from ball sculpture.
Tau cross pilgrims, arches & long road pattern traced & carved on plaster block.
Tau cross pilgrims, arches & long road pattern traced & carved on plaster block.
Stylized Milky Way & soul birds traced & carved on lino strip glued to wood.

Colour palette for El Camino

Test print on textured paper 

Colour palette for El Camino

Test print on textured paper 

Wax dechanter   

Wax resist on white gauze dyed blue

Batik hand-painted burnt sienna/copper 

Wax dechanter   

Wax resist on white gauze dyed blue

Batik hand-painted burnt sienna/copper 

Block print colour test  

Print medium plus acrylic hand-painted on sponged cotton 

Block print colour test  

Print medium plus acrylic hand-painted on sponged cotton 

Artist statement on El Camino design: 

“As above, so below” layers express the duality of the Camino de Santiago experience: spiritual/physical, heaven/earth, divine/human, internal dreams/external exertion. The Milky Way above is the cosmic Infinite which is the aspiration of the soul birds that are the pilgrims’ dreams. Below on the Earth are the cathedral-like arches that lead to the experience of the long road ahead. The Tau crosses, like miniature monks, represent the pilgrim walkers.  

Artist statement on El Camino design: 

“As above, so below” layers express the duality of the Camino de Santiago experience: spiritual/physical, heaven/earth, divine/human, internal dreams/external exertion. The Milky Way above is the cosmic Infinite which is the aspiration of the soul birds that are the pilgrims’ dreams. Below on the Earth are the cathedral-like arches that lead to the experience of the long road ahead. The Tau crosses, like miniature monks, represent the pilgrim walkers.  

SILK SCREEN

Traced from rubbings & impressions via paint/charcoal/oil pastels, blown up by photocopy & inked (the leaf itself becomes a mould)

Traced from rubbings & impressions via paint/charcoal/oil pastels, blown up by photocopy & inked (the leaf itself becomes a mould)

Acetate stencil held on screen with masking tape. Table of print medium, acrylic paint, textured papers, fabrics & T-shirts. Started with one colour, then two, then three. 

Acetate stencil held on screen with masking tape. Table of print medium, acrylic paint, textured papers, fabrics & T-shirts. Started with one colour, then two, then three. 

Sample silk-screened papers & fabrics  

Favourite textured paper  

Sample silk-screened papers & fabrics  

Favourite textured paper  

T-shirt stencil arrangement 

 Painted T-shirt (sponged acrylic) 

Hand-dyed T-shirt

 

T-shirt stencil arrangement 

 Painted T-shirt (sponged acrylic) 

Hand-dyed T-shirt

 

FABRIC PAINTING

“El Camino Feet” 

Cobalt blue/white/burnt sienna sponged on stiff cotton  

Feet for pilgrims of different colours

Cobalt blue/white/burnt sienna sponged on stiff cotton  

             Feet for pilgrims of different colours

(translucent window blind for bathroom)
(translucent window blind for bathroom)

Acrylic paint sponged onto wet cloth & newspapers underneath stain shadowy patterns

Acrylic paint sponged onto wet cloth & newspapers underneath stain shadowy patterns

Test swaths of flecked patterns. Acrylic paint applied with toothbrushes & paintbrushes of various sizes.
Test swaths of flecked patterns. Acrylic paint applied with toothbrushes & paintbrushes of various sizes.

2 pieces sewn together for window fitting 

In situ (white flecks disappeared in photo). Acrylic paint proved to be steam resistant!

2 pieces sewn together for window fitting 

In situ (white flecks disappeared in photo). Acrylic paint proved to be steam resistant!

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