A Natalie Drache Project

David Lisle Collaborating


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David Lisle creating the designs on the fabrics

Opening Night Natalie Drache Standing right

Australia fabric design
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Australian Mannequin
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African Mannequin
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Japanese Mannequin
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Chinese Fabric Design
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Australian Fabric Design

Australian Mannequin

African Mannequin

Japanese Mannequin

Chinese Fabric Design

The stenciled cloth was adhered to the mannequin cutouts which had articulated limbs. The purpose was to be able to place the arms and legs in a variety of dance positions. The cloth was stencilled or stamped using a cloth dye that became water proof after applying heat with an iron. I was unable to stay with the project as I went to film in the mountains of Western British Columbia. Natalie Drache is a Facebook member and can be found there for further information on the "Soul - Catcher" project. Many of the patterns were created with simple found objects repeatedly stamped or stencilled. This form of creating art is called 'pochoir' in French, or peindre; marquer au pochoir; poncer; patronner; marquer, and is a method I have used to create a variety of works on paper.
Primarily I used wine bottle corks and sheet acetate, and the rubber erasers on student pencils. The fabric dyes were set by heating with an iron and were effectively washable. However, once glued to the supporting material for the bodies and moveable limbs were no longer able to be washed.