Since I was a teenager, my passion has been photography. With the availability of the digital process on my
computer, I learned how to print my photographs on cloth. My work quickly evolved and exploded! Today I am proud and honored to be able to share my passion
with you in my new book, Wen Redmond's Digital Fiber Art, full of digital fiber art and mixed media ideas.
The book is full of inspirational processes
for printing on digital-ready fabrics, but it also includes instructions on how to make
your own painted fabrics printable, as well as ideas for working with all kinds of papers and
mixed media. Several of my most well-known projects are holographic images and textured photographs, and these are featured too.
Holographic images are mounted silk
photographs that are transparent and mounted with fabric on artist bars. They
create a three-dimensional effect.
Textured photographs are made with a
thin layer of molding paste and printed.
have several works made entirely this way.
The Creative Hand, is hanging at Breakout: Quilt Visions exhibition at the Visions
Art Museum in California. I was honored to receive the Quilts Japan Award for it!
technique in the book is my new segmented quilts! They use a brand new edge
treatment that allows them to be folded. There are so many ideas—you’ll just have to see the
But I do want to share a tip today on how to print on fusible webbing!
You may have heard of painting on
paper-backed fusible webbing, so why not print your photographs on paper-backed fusible too?
years ago, folks would paint fusible webbing and iron this on to their fabric
projects to create interesting patterns and designs. So I thought this would be
a great way to add photographic texture or layering to a surface of your
choice. The fusible has a webbed surface that is very alluring when printed. Did
you know you can even iron fusible webbing to paper?
are several different kinds of fusible, and I have tried out many of them. The key
here is to use a webbing that is paper-backed. Paper-backed
fusible makes printing a breeze, as the paper backing becomes the carrier
The first step is to select your photograph. You may wish
to increase saturation and contrast, as the webbing is somewhat transparent. I
love combining photographs in a number of different ways, as shown in my book,
including a sneaky layering technique!
the size you want (and a size that your printer can print). Print! Allow the ink to
dry and iron onto the surface of your choice. Peel off paper.
Remember, when you iron, always protect the surface of your art and your
iron with parchment paper, or use the recycled release paper from the fusible webbing.
Tip: Save the fusible paper backing! It makes a great substitute for
freezer paper carrier sheets, and it can be used as on top of substrates for
protection when ironing.
And here's another idea: you could lightly paint your fusible
with digital grounds first! Remember that background colors, whether on the webbing
or on the surface you fuse to, will affect the final result.
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