Tuesday, January 18, 2011

See How Tiny Garments can tell Big Stories with a Collograph

Recently, Lisa MacMain and I met at  her house to sort through bags of donated baby clothing for my Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant.  We will begin working with the Teen Moms at the end of this month.  To get started we decided to have some baby clothing ready for the girls to work with.
These tiny garments will become the catalysts and vehicles for stories told through images and words.

We will be making collographs together.  Collograph is a type of printmaking.

The root of the word is colle` - French for glue.It is the glue, or in this case Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish that will seal the porous fabric of the clothing so they can be inked up or embossed and run through a press.

I plan on having some pieces of clothing ready for the girls to begin working with when we have our first meeting at The Garage on January 27.

Coating clothing with Gel Medium

This is only the beginning of our adventure together!

What stories would your favorite clothing tell? 


Unknown said...

Actually, Nanci, wouldn't it be a great idea if mothers wrote a journal for the children about the special memories of specific days in specific clothes?

Nanci Hersh said...

That's a great comment Darry. That may be a great warm up exercise for the Teen Moms I will be doing the printmaking project with.

Keep you posted and thanks for commenting!