Technique and Care

Technique: Amanda's collages are formed of hand­ dyed fabrics that then have a layer of heat fusible glue ironed onto the back. This holds the weave together allowing the cutting of very fine pieces and clean edges. The collage is built up, layer upon layer, and when complete the glue is fixed with steam.

Each collage hangs from a wooden batten that is hidden from the front. If a more formal presentation is required the batten can be detached and the artwork sewn to a fabric matt. Exceptions to the use of a wooden batten are the boulder pieces which have been sewn onto stretched linen, and the foot square collages which come in a simple white painted wooden frame. The artist does not put glass in­ front of her collages, however if you feel the need of this protection then it is important to place a spacer between the art and glass to hold them apart. It is therefore important to choose a frame deep enough to accommodate this. Never us non­-reflective glass as light reflection is an integral part of each artwork.

The character of each piece changes depending on where it is hung and the changing light through the day, so it can be fun to experiment with where to hang the artwork. The dyes used in these collages are as lightfast as technology allows but, as with most artworks, they should not be hung in direct sunlight.

The collages are flexible and shipped rolled in a tube. To hang a textile collage, roll it on a cardboard tube starting at the bottom of the piece with the image inwards until the batten at the top is exposed. The batten is then placed against the wall with the image in front. Once levelled, the batten can be either screwed or nailed onto the wall through the drilled holes. The piece is then unrolled and the batten does not show. This is a job for two people.

If you have any questions not answered here then do contact the artist.