T-Shirts at The Fashion and Textile Museum

The current show at the Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey,  London, is all about the t-shirt, and it is really good.  This museum regularly has unmissable expos for anyone interested in textiles, or fashion, or both!  Or print making. You have to pay to see this excellent show.  The museum also has classes, and talks such as: Refuge Britain: Designers at work,  Thursday 22 February 2018 | 6-8pm.  If I lived in London I would spend a lot of my time there 🙂


John Selway

I just managed to get to an expo at the Bay Art centre in Cardiff; work by John Selway (1938-2017)  – mainly recent.  The show included paintings and digital prints and was mainly concerning the Peter Pan story; there were also several older paintings.  My snap doesn’t begin to do justice to this brilliant painting, the show has finished but really deserved to be seen.

In addition to his well-known work as a painter John Selway drew on a (Samsung) tablet, an area I experiment with myself.


This is one of several sketches for a much larger piece, finished about a dozen so far. Now I’m wondering how to mount them.

Meltdown 2, embellished mixed fabric 20cm x 30cm


As part of the part-time MA course third year students are required to produce a print 8cm x 10cm in an edition of 60.  I have worked on several quite different prints over the past few weeks and have now settled on one.  This is based on a stitched piece I made a while ago for a friend, sadly now deceased.

From a photo of the original I used Photoshop to crop, strengthen the colour and enhance, then made a frame and adjusted the shade and colour overall.  Once the image was ok and worked at the correct size I made test prints on my Epson inkjet., onto paper and silk fabric (Jacquard).

Then took the image to digital print on fabric at college, which is a dye print on 136cm wide silk.

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Sally dancing, digital dye print

I was not really happy with the result so reverted to an A4 inkjet print.  As my Epson ET 2500 printer is prone to all sorts of unwanted ink on the prints this was a slow process, with far too much waste.  Each sheet (8 1/2″ x 11″) costs about £1.20. But on the plus side  cutting out the individual prints is easy.

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Typical print failures on my Epson ET-2500, which is cheap to refill but has few other good points.

Each A4 sheet contained four images.  I used iron-on two side fusible webbing (Bondaweb), to attach the prints – can also be used to aid cutting out if the images are printed onto fabric without a paper backing.

Once cut I peeled of the Bondaweb backing and then place the print onto the base card (20cm x 25cm) and again iron on to fuse the webbing to the card.  Repeat sixty times.