I have long admired mixed-media and fiber artist Jeanne Williamson's body of work inspired by construction fencing. For several years now, Jeanne has made contemporary abstractions that combine the grid from these plastic orange fences and rich, textured mixed-media surfaces often using monoprinting techniques on fabric.
|Jeanne made this top from a painted drop cloth
with monoprinting over it.
Jeanne has everything from wholecloth art quilts to outdoor installations in her fences series. Recently, she decided to merge her love of surface design with her desire to create a signature wardrobe that reflects her personality and her art.
Jeanne's experiments led to a series of six contemporary blouses. Some are made from white fabric and some from colorful painted dropcloths. In both cases, she uses the fencing as a stencil or screen with which to make the monoprint.
She walks us through the process and technique for making monoprints on clothing in the November/December 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
If you'd like to try this yourself (I know I would), Jeanne offers tips for making your own monoprint garments.
- Choose a pattern style that fits your body type.
- Make a sample blouse first and tailor it to fit.
- Be aware of the size and scale of the monoprints you add to the clothing. Make sure they complement the garment.
- Add additional surface design to monoprinted garments with fabric paint and stamps.
|Jeanne's signature construction fence style, featuring monoprinting on fabric.
To make clothing out of painted drop cloths, here are some of Jeanne's tips from the article:
- Iron the painted fabric to set the fabric paint.
- Prewash the fabric to remove the extra paint. The washing will also soften and preshrink the fabric.
- Carefully position your pattern pieces on the cloth to make the most of your design.
Jeanne also adds: if garment construction isn't your thing, or you're impatient to get to the monoprinting part, you can just purchase a blouse or t-shirt to print on. And while construction fencing makes a great stencil, you are free to use your own stencils, stamps, or screens to have the shirt reflect your own artistic style.
For all of Jeanne's tips, tricks, and garment monoprinting techniques, be sure to get a copy of Quilting Arts November/December 2013. Subscribers, your will be on the way soon!
P.S. What's your signature style? What motif would you monoprint or screen print on a shirt? Leave your comments below.