Digital & hand dye sublimated textile prints on second-use polyester cloth with minor elements of stitch. In two parts.
Materials and techniques
The piece ‘Thanetian Glove’ uses digital and hand dye sublimation on second use polyester cloth, with minor elements of stitch.
Dye sublimation is a process where solid dispersal dye is turned into vapor under extreme heat and pressure, the dye on the paper transfers from the paper onto the surface of the cloth where there is contact. Dye should be exhausted off the paper.
In this piece,
• the digital dye sublimation uses a photograph of the Walpole Bay tidal pool, the colour is changed in photoshop. Using a specialist Mimaki JV300-130 Printer it prints the photographic image using dispersal dye onto paper, ready to be sublimated using a large format heated roller press.
• the hand dye sublimation methods use liquid dispersal dye to paint over the digitally printed paper before sublimation.
• Objects, glove and net, are used as stencils during the sublimation process, masking the dye from the cloth and creating an unprinted area in the shape of the stencil, the glove etc. In this piece, where the the net has more bulk it inhibits contact between the cloth and the dyed paper during sublimation and a halo effect is created in this area.
• Stitching is added to the piece. A hand stitched line (3 twisted silk threads of different colours) is stitched onto the printed cloth (after printing) to mirror the shape in the stencilled net image.
Two lines of white polyester machine stitching are stitched to the white cloth before printing. These are dyed through the process of dyes sublimation and as they are partially unpicked, the white cloth and white thread is revealed.