Wen Redmond’s Digital Fiber Art
Combine Photos and Fabric
Published by C&T Publishing
Price £21.99 / $29.95
For those of you that are enjoying Wen Redmond’s Holographic Pictures technique in this issue, you can find the application of digital photography to textiles and mixed media expanded on in her book. It looks at many different ways of using photography with different substrates and mediums to create a wholly unique approach to your art.
It is a very user-friendly book with a lot of tips on how to make your own life easier ( you can use photos taken on your phone as the techniques here will make allowances for a lower resolution in the pictures) and there are apps suggested, such as Grungetastic, that will make the whole process of jazzing up your photo much easier if you aren’t able to slave over Photoshop or another Photo Editing programme. The latter will provide you with more complex images to play with but this allows anyone with basic technology to have a go.
The book is helpfully divided up into sections such as using fabric or paper as substrates, using Pre-Coats (such as InkAid) and basic Digital Photography printing before moving onto more experimental chapters of using acrylic mediums, overlays, creating textured surfaces for blending or printing over and using nonporous substrates. Each area is fully illustrated and clearly explained in stages and each chapter contains its own Process and Example sections so you can get to grips with how to achieve an effect and then see some finished pieces.
This is a fantastic book if you like to take pictures and want to learn a bit more about incorporating it into your work. As it goes way beyond just teaching you to print onto fabric, you can get a sense of how to run with this area of work. The stages of layering up your images, substrates and mediums provides an infinite number of combinations to explore to create a wide range of visual images. This is a book rich in beautiful pieces of work, clear instruction and plenty of inspiration to try it yourself.
Featured in Workshop on the Web March 2017 issue.