These are some of the images taken by Rosie Woods on photography. I worked with her last year making small props garments and neck and head pieces to fit into her images and help to endorse the idea behind the image and exaggerate characteristics such as femininity, purity, innocence etc. I really enjoyed working in a new way and experiencing photoshoots and interacting with the model and helping with lighting. I was keen to carry on the collaboration a made a beaded head piece for one of Rosies shoots earlier on in the term. I really enjoyed the shoot as the model was booked through an agency and we had a professional make up artist present. It transformed the shoot into a professional working environment and was very helpful, when it came to the head piece the make up artist gave me tips on handling the model and attaching the head piece carefully and effectively.
I was really happy with the outcome of my prints however i do plan to experiment more with them as the days that i attempted them were quite overcast so if i try on a less cloudy day i will hopefully get more detailed prints. I would like to work more with colour prints but this will also call for a stronger UV light as you can see in the last image there was only a slight colour change around the edges of the leaves creating a subtle silhouetted image. I was very pleased with the colour tone of the black and white prints as it fits with the fragility of the leaves and gives them a ghostly and fossil like presence in the images.
MOSI Cotton Collection
I attended a visit to MOSI with Hazel and some of the first years to look at the Cotton Collection. There were a few different books with samples of materials and prints of manufacturers labels. The majority of the fabrics were floral prints or illustrated with children’s stories and nursery rhymes. Whilst i was at MOSI i spoke the the archivist Jan Shearsmith and he brought out a book of imported fabrics from africa and India which were so bold and vibrant with colour and pattern. He also brought out a small notebook that belonged to a man called John Reddish and this notebook was actually his personal journal used for recording his recipies for dyes. The book was fascinating and contained so any different ingredients and guidelines for getting different colours. I plan on going back to MOSI as they are willing to get out of the archive specific things that may be relevant to my project. Jan Searsmith also kindly offered to put me in contact with the curator at MOSI so that i can get some more information about the collection that will help with my project and my dissertation.
Here are a few examples of my attempt at leaf pounding. I found some tips online to achieve a good print they suggested using a layer kitchen roll on top of the leaf as it is absorbent and would remove the excess leaving a cleaner print. However when i removed the kitchen roll there was a print as equally as nice on the kitchen roll as the paper which seemed like a waste. I started to experiment with using different layers of paper and fabric on either side of the leaf to get a variety of prints. Also by placing material either side of the leaf seemed to protect it during the process leaving many of them still intact. It was really interesting to see these series of prints along side the leaf that they came from. There were also changes to the leaf as the chlorophyl colouring was released the leaf started to dry out and the added pressure left an imprint of the fabric on the leaf making it look and almost feel like fabric.
I’ve found a process called leaf pounding during my research there doesn’t seem to be much information around it. I read on a blog that it is apparently a traditional way to decorate clothing and fabrics that was used by cherokee women. It looks like quite a simple process but it may have some really effective results. The leaf is fixed flat and tightly to the fabric face down and then hit with a hard object hammer or stone etc. This will only work with fresh healthy leaves that have just fallen from the tree but the colour actually disperses from the leaf when hit leaving a colour print from the leaf itself.