This is a book concerned with what lies beyond the textile fragment. Most of the antique textiles in my collection are fragments and there is always speculation and research into their past. One can extend the patterns, extrapolate the seams, interpret the holes and so build up a picture of the former glory days of the scrap of fabric.
The designs on the collagraph print are inspired by 18th century printed cottons, which despite being cotton, were valued and reused until worn out. The front of the book is in a bold black and white collagraph print with punched holes extending the design. The reverse has painted tissue paper in pale shades reflecting that the hey day of this textile are gone.
C18th printed cottons cover a wide range of designs and the ones used in the collagraph print reflect Baroque and Indian influences which were prevalent in the first half of that century. This is a book which considers the areas that we cannot see, yet we are able to extrapolate ideas and techniques which leads to a greater understanding of the textile fragment.
paper, ink, paint
About the artist:
Lives in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
Annwyn Dean is a Book Artist and Printmaker who lives in the North of England.
She draws her inspiration from antique textiles that she collected during her years teaching and writing about embroidery.
She feels that these fragments have stories to tell about their makers, their journeys across the world, through the centuries and about those who wore the textiles.
She creates Collagraph prints and her plates are constructed from various papers, fabrics and threads. Her methods result in prints which are full of texture and character.