Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 images - Irene MacWilliam

As I am a new member of the group here is a little info about me. I live in Northern Ireland.
I have been working with textiles for almost 30 years. Current interests are working with black of white striped fabric to produce optical illusions or producing my own fabric for use in my work. I am a member of both the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild and the Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild.
The  pieces above are the first 2 of the 4 for Maastricht. I sun printed the applied fabrics - that has been tricky as since I decided to do these pieces we have had virtually no sun; so sometimes fabric had to be rescued from the rain or the printing hardly worked at all. I used a thermofax screen for the birds on the LH piece. For the frogs I made my own screen then put the frog image on it using Speedball drawing ink and Speedball filler- the first time I had tried them. Now that I know how to do it I hope to be able to make better images as I try and perfect the technique.
They are called Environment Dwellers 1- bird and Environment Dwellers 2 - frog. Although only 4 are required I plan to make an additional 2..... if the sun ever shines!


  1. When the sun lets you down, you can also sunprint in an oven or using bright lights.

  2. Tried the bright lights but not nearly so effective, also used a halogen light but a hassle setting it up and again the fall off of printing outside the throw of the light source is a bit limiting, Never thought of using the oven, tell me more, what temp did you set it at, was fabric on plastic film on what sort of baking tray etc. I will go online and see what I can find. You are a great source of information

  3. It is some time ago since I last did this, but as I recall the temp. was not very high and I left the fabric in the oven for maybe 15 minutes. Check in between to see how wet your fabric is.