Velvet & Silk

In my recent experimentation with printing I’ve had the oppotunity to rediscover devore. This is a printing technique which works with mixed fibre fabrics. I used silk velvet. I cut a stencil and used a silk screen and squeegee to print with thick devore paste. The paste, once printed it left to dry on the surface of the fabric. I then used a heat press to warm the devore paste. This melts away the pile of the velvet, leaving the backing net and revealing the printed pattern. It’s a beautiful if not complex and potentially dangerous technique. The results are wonderfully femanine. I’d like to think I could incorporate this into a scarf collection but I think I need to perfect my skills before I unleash the results on the public.

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