What is the course about?
The focus of this course is on experimental approaches to screen printing on fabric exploring methods of
creating marks and textures directly through the screen. Develop painterly’ effects through mono printing used in combination with open screens and stencils. Explore further ‘one off’ print methods where the image gradually breaks down creating unique effects of colour and texture or where you paint directly onto the screen with dyes and then print this through to create watercolour effects. These techniques lend themselves wonderfully to mark making and hand painted qualities. The course introduces both Pigments and Procion dye systems to create your own fabrics as samples, or for use in artwork, or for making small interior or fashion items.
What will we cover?
- Approaches to mark making using ‘one off’ methods with dyes
- Screen printing and ways of working with open screens.
- Mono printing onto fabric
- The difference between dye and pigment systems.
- Processes through from cloth preparation to fixation of prints.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Manage your own screen.
- Use mono printing in combination with open screen printing techniques.
- Use a method of hand painting directly onto the screen.
- Differentiate between dye and pigment systems.
- Prepare your cloth for printing and fix your prints.
- Follow good health and safety practice.
- Produce printed fabric samples using a free and direct approach.
More advanced learners will be able to:
- Further develop and refine personal ideas.
- Apply drawing and painting skills according to experience.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is necessary. This structured course is suitable for all levels from beginners to more advanced
learners wanting to extend skills for use in textile art and the production of ‘one off’ textiles as opposed to the
production of repeat design. You do need to have an open approach to the concept of investigation and
experimentation particularly as some of the processes are fairly unpredictable in their results.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual tuition, discussion, illustration with samples, visual presentations and hands on practice. Techniques and processes used will be supported by handouts. You will receive guidance about collecting materials and researching ideas and some straightforward exercises will be set for you to work on outside of the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
· A sketchbook.
· An overall and rubber gloves, and wear old clothes.
Basic materials are supplied but you will need to bring your own fabrics to suit personal preferences. This will be discussed with you in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX338 Screen Printing and and special effects for progressing in print
Further learning in textiles -
VX462 Textile: Playing with paper.