Experimental screen printing for textiles
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX339
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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. 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, for use in artwork, or for making interior or fashion items.
What will we cover?
- Approaches to mark making using ‘one off’ methods with dyes and pigments
- 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...
- 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.
- 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 very practical and is suitable for all levels. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, online hand-outs 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?
This course is very practical. You will be taught with online practical demonstrations to the group and individual help where needed. Digital handouts will be provided where they are useful. Samples and examples will be shown and further supported with a variety of books and online presentations. There will be some informal group discussions and feedback will be given both individually and within the group. You may enjoy working in their sketchbook outside of the classroom to enrich your sessions.
Wet work can be done in the kitchen, garden shed or garage. Any flat and firm surface, from desk to tabletop is adequate. You will need a medium or big tablespace to cut some fabric, print and work on your sketchbook. Most good lighting prevents eyestrain and it's probably the most important piece of equipment. A nice and comfortable chair is important too.
- A computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser works best for live sessions or you can use a tablet or phone for zoom sessions but your device will need a microphone and a camera. Using headphones with microphones are advisable as these block out all room noise in live online sessions.
- You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
- We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please gather or buy:
- A sketchbook and a pen
- An apron and rubber gloves
- Small or medium size screens for screen printing (ideally two, but one will work ok too)
- A squeegee (the 23cm speedball is a great option)
- A selection of foam brushes or old sponges that you could cut
- Plastic containers with lids for storing
- Some cat litter type of tray
- Wide masking tape
- Squeeze bottles (you could recycle used mayo and ketchup ones or get them online)
- A box of bits to create textures such as bubble wrap, nails, corrugated card/plastic, vegetable nets etc.
- A drop cloth for covering the print board
- Sturdy sheet plastic, 2 lengths measuring 2m x 1m (store rolled, not folded)
- Mixing containers such as yoghurt pots
- Procion mx dyes in red, blue and yellow
- Fabric screen printing ink in red, blue, yellow and black
- 100 grams each soda ash and urea
- 250 grams manutex (also known as sodium alginate)
- Fabric: at least 3m x1m long per piece. Could be cotton, polyester, muslin, jersey, linen, etc. You could also recycle some old bedsheets and/or curtains.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Have a browse of our other 'Textiles: print and dye' classes on the links above.
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. https://www.renataminoldo.com/
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.