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Fabric and liquid emulsion

Added Nov 8, 2011

by Erin Mahoney

San Francisco, C...






I created three pieces using liquid emulsion as my graphic element. Liquid emulsion allows you to place photographic imagery on the fabric in a darkroom. In this case, I used old 35mm negatives that I had shot over the summer. Though not stable, liquid emulsion allowed me to see a completely hands-on approach to my sewing and photography.

I created three pieces, a blouse, dress and handbag. The blouse and dress pattern were each from vintage patterns and the handbag is found here on BurdaStyle in the free pattern section!

You can find more information on my blog, Mistakes & Malarkey

Material Notes

Underlining, linen, muslin




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Linen, Other

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    Nov 14, 2011, 03.08 PMby asperge11

    i love them all but i’m totally completely in love with the blouse !

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    Nov 9, 2011, 02.42 AMby stitchikles

    These look stunning. What a fabulous idea, and beautifully constructed.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 01.16 AMby schnui

    You are so clever. I love what you have made and created.

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      Nov 9, 2011, 03.39 PMby Erin Mahoney

      Thank you for your kind words. :D

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.34 PMby ichigogirl

    Fabulous! I hope you find a way to make them more durable!

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      Nov 9, 2011, 03.38 PMby Erin Mahoney

      Thanks. I definitely am. I’m looking into creating cyanotypes on the fabric instead of liquid emulsion.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.28 PMby sandoz18

    Gorgeous work!!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 06.28 PMby Mai-der

    WOW! Incredible process! I have to check it in your blog. Three pieces are very nice an unique!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 04.23 PMby patti-r

    Great job on all!!!!!

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