Friday, 13 January 2012

Punching, painting and printing....

A mixed bag this post....

...a bit of punching...

...in the form of Kyrgyz designs, normally found as felt, but done with a punchneedle instead.


Here's the back of one I'm currently working on...



..which will look like this when it's done, stabilized and cut around.




And here's a medallion type to go with the longer "scroll" designs.



I have to do quite a few of each as I'm aiming for quite a large wall hanging.It'll be about 1m 80 tall and 80 - 90 cms wide. The Kyrgyz (shyrdak) pieces will take up two strips with other stitching (or whatever) in the other 4. I'm waiting on the delivery of some Uzbek ikat woven cloth too....for "something" :-)

I've started a little "sketchbook" for this project...

...with designs painted in lovely bright colours...







I DO love working in my books!...

...it allows me to think on paper and ideas just seem to happen!


My other little book is quite different....

...and this is where the printing comes in....done with these little chaps...

.."Eye Idols" from Tel Brak....the originals of which have been included in Robyn's post.

(If you're interested, have a look at Dijanne's blog too.She's done a lovely panel featuring the same pieces.)



The front cover with it's pair of staring eyes...



...and a few pages...







This is the same book that has that Mesopotamian pottery design in. The one that I showed here.

I'm putting all kinds of "ancient near eastern" stuff in it......

...but whether they'll turn into textiles...and if they do what form they'll take...

..I have not a clue! :-)

6 comments:

Penny said...

Tahe first thing I did when i saw those eye idols on Robyns blog was to make a few sketches too. I wonder what there is about them. Nothing nasty I hope.

Penny said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing this piece in all its glory.

Eva said...

Oh these things are so wonderful! I love the Kirghiz punch work, and they and Mongolians and Tibetans would love it, too, I'm sure! Also the eye symbols are fascinating. Did you see the 9-eye-patch on Jude Hill's site?

Chris Gray said...

I love these designs...they have a fluidity that appeals to me.

...and the "eye idols" are fascinating...

I think people have been taken with eyes for many millennia...and Judes' 9 patch is a modern twist on the same theme. It's a miniature work of art, as always :-)

Lana said...

Здорово, очень интересно

Chris Gray said...

Thank you Lana....

...I think :-)))