Print and dye: polychromatic fabric printing
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VX168
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be introduced to polychromatic printing; a direct and hand-painted method of screen printing using dyes.
You will learn to create your own one-off prints with an opportunity to experiment in a relaxed atmosphere.
What will we cover?
Topics covered include: mixing dyes, hand painting with dyes, using simple paper stencils, mixing and painting with
resists, screen printing with dyes, and creating multi-coloured prints onto fabric.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
As a beginner:
- Mix different coloured procion dyes
- Paint a design onto a silk screen
- Experiment with colour, resists and layering
- Produce a Polychromatic print onto fabric or paper
- Be aware of health and safety when working with dyes
As an advanced student:
• Experiment with various ways of using dyes/resists and screen-printing
• Produce a range of samples/prints on paper and fabric
• Develop personal ideas through Polychromatic print processes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at beginner’s level, but would suit students with any amount of experience in printed or dyed
textiles. No particular skills are needed to do this course.
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. You should be able to use
numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is taught through practical demonstrations, with hand outs provided that explain the process. There will
also be a selection of books available for you to look at.
The tutor will show examples of her work using polychromatic print and will be on hand to support students with
suggestions and advise as well as feedback.
Students will be encouraged to use sketch books to record ideas in, to experiment with different ways of working
and to share ideas informally with others in the group.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials will be provided, but you may wish to bring some extra or specialist surfaces to print onto. This
might include watercolour papers and/or some cotton or linen fabrics.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can explore more ways to work with print through studying VX336 Printed textiles: the basics, or VX337 Printed textiles: experimental screen printing or you may like to learn more about dyes in VX375 Introduction to dye techniques.