Painting with tights 

After weeks of going between my tights sculpture and my prints I needed a break, and whats a better way of gaining some new inspiration than painting your tights. My work is heavily inspired by the human body so painting with my own body seemed (sort of) logical to me.

I threw on my best ‘Risky Business’ tribute outfit and started to paint my black tights a flesh tone colour.

I was very interested in the texture of the prints I could create. I wasn’t planning on creating a perfected final piece but rather an array of development work experimenting with tights and my body.

I started off my prints my kneeling onto the black sugar paper. I feel I may have had to much paint on the tights as I would’ve liked the texture to come through more than it did but it was all in the name of experimentation.

I then decided to paint my butt to see the type of print I could achieve. I have used fishnet tights in my sculpture to add gender and promiscuity so using my rear end to print seemed to give the same effect.

I also painted fishnet tights and printed them with my hand giving a hand print on top of the butt print. I like the effect fishnet tights have when printed and I found the contrast between the two types of tights aesthetically pleasing.

I had great fun creating these prints and I believe I needed it. It was a chance to muck about and get away from the rigidity of lectures and crits and deadlines. I am still working on making my sculpture as large as possible and begging my family and friends for their spare pillows. I will be back in the print studio at the start of next week screen printing and hopefully will create new prints of a larger scale. There’s only a few weeks left of 2nd year so it’s time to knuckle down and really get into producing the work and I am excited to see how it will all look when it’s finished!


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