Printmaking and getting to the heart of an idea

My process lately has been of sliding back and forth between mediums, creating textures with print processes and digitally manipulating & screen printing them on yarn and then weaving the yarn into fabric. Using cast-off yarn and fabric to make collagraph print plates to continue to inform textures. 

Overall, my interest has been in capturing movement and creating depth, even with one layer of print. The movement back and forth has been a result of approaching an idea from several angles to try and get to the heart of it.

When I first conceived the idea, I wanted to interview people to find how they experience the felt sense of something seen visually, whether viscerally or emotionally, possibly even verbally. For many of us, we are so influenced by what we absorb through our eyes, on levels we may not realize, it's a topic I'd love to explore more deeply.

Elizabeth Siedow: Screen print on paper trio, 24"x36" ea

Elizabeth Siedow: Screen print on paper trio, 24"x36" ea

Elizabeth Siedow: Oil monotypes on paper, 24"x36"

Elizabeth Siedow: Oil monotypes on paper, 24"x36"

Anaïs Nin Collection

I made a collection inspired by the writer Anaïs Nin, who was an incredible observer of her world. The lushness and sensuality of her writing resonates with my desire to create clothing as a beautiful and pleasurable envelope to be wrapped in. I always think that there is something magical and otherworldly about our favorite pieces. They have the ability to inspire and transform.

I did experiments with photography of textures in black and white, as well as painting and dyeing fabrics black, and creating paintings of archetypes using black stain on wood. I also took inspiration from the dark and rich photography of Irina Ionesco.

"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. "-A. N.

"I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy. "-A. N.

 

Cut-out layer dress, Ink on paper

velvet wrap dress, ink on paper