The theme for this unit of SAQA Seminar: Surface Design is Other Techniques. The possibilities are endless for adding pattern and design to the surface of fabrics, including the use of digital imagery.
History and Culture
It’s possible marbling was invented in Turkey in the 13th century where it is known as Ebru. This article explores it’s early history. In Japan, the technique became knows as Suminagashi, the ancient Japanese art of decorating paper with marbled ink. The name comes from the words meaning “ink floating.”
We've rounded up some great tutorials for you to try - there are so many different ways to add design to fabric!
Metallic Foil on Fabric
Marbling Fabric with Shaving Cream
Dharma Trading Tutorial on Fabric Marbling
Lynda Heine’s Collection of Marbling Tutorials
The Art of Marbling
Image Transfer with Citrasolve
Another Citrasolve Tutorial
Several Additional Image Transfer Techniques
Even more irresisting tutorials for you to play with!
Inspiring Links and Other Resources
Why are cyanotypes blue? (Science!)
Wen Redmond discusses her Quilt National piece, The Creative Hand, which uses digital imagery.
Comprehensive review of several materials for creating stencils to use on fabric.
Spoonflower made digital printing accessible to anyone. This business profile from Inc. traces the rise of the company along with the rise of creative freelancers. Printaholic also posted an insightful review of the company.
Want more information about printing on fabric? The Pixeladies explored other online printing services in this SAQA Journal article (page 12).
This is a fascinating description of the process Laura Kemshall used to create her prize-winning enormous art quilt, 52 Degrees. It was entirely quilted before being run through a large scale textile printer.
Luana Rubin discussing the history and growing popularity of digitally printed fabrics.
Julie Fei Fan Balzer having fun with Decolourant.
This wonderful video introduction of Michael James and his work covers his process, studio and inspiration. (It’s from 2013, but still beautiful and an excellent example of using digital printing in innovative ways.)