Nicola McCann

Creating some small wall hangings from two separate sets of samples. I chose to display them in this way as at at first I tried them out as a more ornamental style. Although they didn’t seem right so decided to hang them on the wall instead. Having them montes also onto a grey background to allow the main colours to stand out.

The red and black set is based on paint flakes that I made from scraping a metal ruler across a glass the paint gathered from the pressure of pushing the dry paint it formed a tight, textured paint flake. Basing the main idea from paint chipping if the walls when it starts to decay.

The green and brown set is based around the idea of bark, the cracks that are formed when the bark starts to decay on the tree. Taking the paper samples I made earlier with paint and screen prints. I printed onto tissue and the backed it onto card to make it stronger to then cut into and from the cracks. Having the series go from a clean bark like texture to then gradually become cracked, using the green screen print and cutting out all the white sections to reveal the cracks.


Petri Dish.
I created this ‘bacteria’ by using PVA glue mixed with brush inks and then editing the image using photoshop to enhance the colour and sharpen the texture. I think this work would look better on a very large scale maybe made from a thick application of paint which can be manipulated into these growing swirls. This fluorescent appearance could maybe be achieved by the phosphorescent paint.

Found this rather inspirational as I have used a similar technique to create PVA paint flakes

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I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses
Friedrich Nietzsche


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Using the procion dyes for the first time for sampling. Trying some tie dyeing techniques by pinching small areas of the yellow fabric and applying black dye to these areas.

For the second sample I pinched the centre of the fabric and turned the fabric round to cause it to all gather in the centre. Simulating the physical appearance of a rose. Then adding green dye onto the red to create a new tie dye effect


Nobuo Sekine - Phases of Nothingness (1969-2014)

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Attempting to create my own cracking paint effect. So I used a layer of PAV glue as my base and the added two layers of acrylic paint. Also while they paint and PVA mixed, dropping black over the piece to make it more dirty. As the PVA dries, both the acrylic paint and ink will crack.


Established in 1875 by Arthur Liberty selling ornaments, fabric and objects of art from Japan and the east. As the business grew Liberty bought more and more of the neighbouring building that now form this famous shop. Building strong relationships with a vast amount of designers that where key within the industry. This drove other designers to want to be part of the ever increasing publicity from Liberty. The store has became one of the most prestigious in London.


Found at the Best of British open call in 2010, Weston Scarves have a story as vivid as their designs. As a Professor of Architecture, began by scanning atoms and minerals. So fascinated by the depth of the detail and colour he went on to printing them onto Silk Scarfs.

I was immediately taken in by theses designs and how original they looked. The colours within these piece to be would be very difficult to achieve within a drawing or painting. These scarves show what nature can do naturally and how beautiful the outcomes are. The rich rustic oranges and deep ocean blues are so strong although have a slight look of decay. Due to the cracking effect present on one of the scarves.

Light Grey Cacoxenite Silk Scarf £175.00 
Orange Agate Silk Scarf
Blue Nephrite Silk Scarf