Friday, October 31, 2008

In order to integrate the print with the piece, we printed the portrait on a skin of plastic bags in a subdued blue. The face was layered in sewn and melted bags of varying colors to accentuate the tones of the face.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Install Sites

We have been thinking about doing an installation in Baltimore along the Jones Falls in addition to the final install in LA. We are shooting for an opening on Friday the 7th of November, there is still a lot to do, but it be good to hear some feedback about locations and if people would be interested in attending. Here are some photographs of the sites:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dyeing, materials, inspiration

Using the beautiful line structure of the scales in the fish skin we've prepared as inspiration, I've been researching different dyeing techniques that replicate the surface of the fish skin. So far I've tried a wide variety of procedures: Arashi shibori, immersion dyeing, potato dextrin resist and thiox dye-removal. Most of these techniques I've tested on silk organza, china silk, and muslin. In our research about fish skin and life cycle I've found some interesting information on other cultures that use the typically wasted fish skin in innovative ways, mainly the Hoche people of the Heilongjiang Province in Northeastern China. The way that these people used fish skin (up until the urbanization of rural areas in the 1950's) made me reconsider the way in which I consume food encased in it's own packaging or skin.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Screen Printing

Sorry we've been so slow with uploading posts. A week ago we finally started screen printing the collage and dying our fabric. We printed the fish collage by using a four layer CMYK process. The prints on the silk were very difficult to register and we may simply digitally print on  the fabric. But more on that to come.