As part of Agyll and Bute council's celebration of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July,
I have been collaborating with Fiona Blakey, Lee, Alison and Sian on the Cloth Uncut project, involving around 30 Argyll and Bute primary schools.
Celebrating citizenship, A&B has been twinned with Swaziland and Cyprus. We have been studying their indigeneous fabrics and traditional textile techniques, and have been looking at similarities of uncut cloth around the world; sarongs, sarees, kilts etc. and the versatility of uncut cloth as a head scarf to protect from sun or a heavy load, carry your child or the shopping, as a table cloth or a blanket.
I love the African textile prints. Bold designs depicting local fruit, politicians, insects, birds and advertising a variety of goods in vibrant colours. With wonderful mottos for a better life mindfully printed along the bottom of the design.
Instead of using traditional wood block printing, we are going to make our print blocks with A4 polystrene tiles (or pizza bases if the budget runs out)!, etching onto the surface with a sharp pencil then printing initially onto a paper test run, then onto a lenght of white cotton fabric with acyrlic paint.