Introduction to printed textiles

Course Dates: 29/10/20 - 03/12/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Create your own textiles on this practical introduction to textile print processes. Explore block, transfer and silkscreen printing. Suitable for all levels.

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What is the course about?

The course offers a hands-on, simple introduction to three different print processes, block, transfer and silkscreen
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 paper stencils. 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 your own inspiration in the form of photographs, objects, and colour combinations to help you in the creative process. Emphasis will be laid on effects of positive and negative, on texture, pattern and shape relationships. 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.

What will we cover?

- The generation of simple design ideas.
- Layout, placement and repeating motifs.
- Reference to printed 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.

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?

Please bring:
- A sketchbook
- Wear old clothes and shoes with a good grip.
- Aprons will be provided and gloves but we may prefer your own.
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.

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?

VX337 Printed Textiles: Experimental screen printing
VX338 Printed Textiles:screen printing and surface effects
VX447 Manipulation.


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A great introduction to printed textiles. It’s quite intense, each topic packed into a 2 week cycle. This will give you an idea if you want to further study a topic.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/10/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Renata Minoldo

Renata Minoldo is an artist and educator exploring the physical and emotional body through textiles, sculpture and experiences with people. She has an academic training in Fashion and Visual Arts and hands on experience in the Fashion Industry working in London and New York. She is interested in alternative ways to approaching art education, aiming to stimulate an intuitive learning and focusing on the individual processes and needs. She works with a wide variety of people, from children in galleries and primary schools to teenagers and older adults in community centres, charities and public spaces. Her work has been awarded with residencies internationally.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VX336

Thu, day, 29 Oct - 03 Dec '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £269.00
Senior fee: £215.00
Concession: £135.00

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