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?
- 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