What is the course about?
The course offers a hands-on, simple introduction to three different print processes. Using a pigment and binder system for printing with, learn to make and use your own simple blocks for block printing. Screen print using open screens and a paper stencil. Work with the transfer press and disperse dyes and transfer printing.
There will be opportunity to creatively explore how certain processes might combine; such as block and screen printing. You will be encouraged to find inspiration in the shapes and objects that are found all around you and to gather inspiration in the form of photographs, objects, and colour combinations to help you in the creative process. These sources will be explored through simple exercises. Emphasis will be laid on effects of positive and negative, on texture, pattern and shape relationships and using block printing, you will be introduced to simple repeat systems. You will also be introduced to the work of fabric printers using these techniques.
Continue in term 2 with Printed Textiles: Experimental screen printing and in term 3 with Printed textiles: Printed Textiles: photo screen and special effects.
What will we cover?
- The generation of simple design ideas.
- Layout, placement and repeating motifs.
- Reference to historical and contemporary textiles.
- The mixing of pigment and binder.
- Printing with disperse dyes.
- Laying cloth and fixing your prints.
- The basics of block, screen and transfer printing techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Prepare a print table and cloth for printing.
- Cut and use a paper stencil to print with.
- Design and make a print block.
- Use basic repeat systems with block printing.
- Mix, print and fix colour using pigment pastes.
- Transfer print using, disperse dyes .
- Follow good health and safety practice.
- Produce samples and experiments demonstrating different print techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at anyone interested in learning fabric printing as a new skill. You may be new to textiles or you may have previous experience of textiles, fashion, art and design and want to add diversity to your practice. 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. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
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 and shoes with a good grip.
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?
VX375 Introduction to dye techniques
VX305 Textile and surface pattern: understanding repeats
VX442 Textile: digital surfaces.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details