Surface Design Using Resists

Surface Design Using Resists

Like Ann, I haven’t been very well lately and haven’t had chance to do anything other than tidy up the mess I let accumulate while I was writing my notebook tutorial 🙂
We always seem to be talking about surface design on the forum: stitching, embroidering, embellishment fibres, beading etc. And there have been quite a few projects using resists lately too: Lyn’s pod that she posted about last week, Nada’s resist Slipper tutorial, and Carole from the forum showed us her gorgeous sculptural vessels with lots of surface design and embellishment.  A couple of months ago, Nada reminded me of some projects I’d done using resists to create surface design, so having nothing new to post about, I had a look through my photostream for some examples and hope you don’t mind revisiting some old stuff!
I think this was the very first piece I made using resists to create surface design. I wanted to have a go at trying out lots of different ideas at once, so made a piece using six resists to try out different cuts/shapes.

resist sample (1)I wanted to try out using resists with more contrast between the top layer and what it revealed underneath. This one has green/brown/mossy shades revealing slashes of orangey brown shades of wool with embellishments of silk noil, bamboo, silk hankie and  soya fibre.

orange and green (1)This burgundy piece is cut away to reveal orangey mustard shades with soy bean fibres.

burgundy and orange (2)I think this next piece is probably one of my most adventurous. The resists and cuts were fairly straightforward, but it was quite big, very thick to make it stiff enough to support itself, and I used a flat resist – not somethng I ever have much luck with for a 3d shape!

danglie (2)This last piece is one of my favourite vessels. I love the colours and textures and was really pleased that it came out just how I’d imagined!

vessel (2)If you’re interested in using resists in felting, Ruth wrote a post early on about using flat resists for different hat and vessel shapes. Also, Lyn and her daughter Annie have written a brilliant PDF guide to making 3D vessels using flat resists.

21 thoughts on “Surface Design Using Resists

  1. I’m an artist in the UK and just wanted to say that I really enjoy your postings and wanted to know where you’re based … USA perhaps judging from the spelling of fiber (UK fibre)?

    Is everything you do ‘online’ or do some of you have workshops in real life?


    Beverley Coleclough

    1. Hi Beverley, thanks a lot 🙂
      I’m in the UK too, Manchester. The others who run the blog are in the US and Canada, and an ex-member, Kaz, is in Australia.
      All my stuff is done online, I did try to find interest in doing real life workshops, but unfortunately had no luck 🙁
      You were lucky to go to the Northern Territory! I love Aboriginal art, especially Pintupi and Papunya. I’m no expert though.

  2. I love the vessel in the final photo. The colours, textures and very pleasing-to-the-eye shape make it a stunning piece. I hope it has pride of place somewhere it can be appreciated by a lot of people.

    1. Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      No, it’s in my room to avoid the bewildered looks and ‘what is that?’ comments!

  3. Zed, all the pieces are beautiful, my favorites are the blue/orange hanging vessel and the last green and yellow one. Lyn is right there is something very pleasing and intriguing about that one. Thanks for sharing. I’m hoping to do more vessels in the future.

    Beverly, I am taking Fiona’s online class, but I know she and Moy McKay do live classes. Fiona is in Canada and Moy is in the UK but both will be doing classes in the US this year. I imagine they also do classes in their home countries. However, as Zed pointed out we also have a lot of talented artists on this blog and the forum that generously share their work and techniques. I hope you’ll check us out.

  4. I don’t think I’ve seen the last vessel Zed. It is gorgeous. I want to try some more of these surface techniques too – just haven’t had time 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      You can’t squeeze another hour into your 26 hour day? 😉

  5. Zed, All of your resist work is intriguing, colorful and pleasing to the eye! Resist work is challenging, especially for those of us who are not experienced felters, and I will be learning much more about resists in Fiona’s upcoming on-line class on Surface Design. As for displaying your work, I say go with whatever pleases YOU!

    1. Thanks, Cathy 🙂
      I find it can be fiddly, especially using 3d resists, and extra had or two would help 🙂
      Using plastic from sturdy carrier bags helps for surface design, it just seems the right combination of thickness and flexibility.

  6. I loved the two blue pieces Monjca

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  7. Zed, thank you for revisiting the topic on using resist and making a compilation of different posts relating to this .

  8. I don’t think I have seen the last one either and I think it’s great. You should hang it in your front window. If they ask for it tell them its a dya-loga-barba-touric. (you have to say it fast) and if asked what that is you say: It is guaranteed never to wear, tear or grow baggy at the knees. 😉

    1. Thanks Ann 🙂
      Ha, people would think I was having a stroke if I tried saying that!

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