Monday, 15 April 2013


I feel like I am coming out of hibernation. Not only is the weather getting warmer (just a little!) but I am moving from my many thought processes to something which I can share with you here. For my final degree exhibition, my basis is the link in the industrial heritages of Macclesfield and Castlefield - cotton, silk and coal. From this I am opting for working with black and white, with possibly a touch of orange. To start with I have a few sketches with charcoal and acrylics, taking the reels of cotton I saw on machinery in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Here are some close ups.

With the charcoal sketch, I covered the area with charcoal and then used a rubber to reveal the white areas. This gives a grainy effect which reminds me of the threads of cotton.

With the acrylic sketch, I painted black, then added the white areas once the black was dry, scratching through to reveal the black. Then I added silk over the top which takes the starkness out of the black.