Block Printing on Textile
May 4 and May 5
Instructor: Adele Mattern of Rectangle Textiles
Cost: $275 plus $30 for materials
Block printing on textile can be a spontaneous way to create designs using repeated motifs, basic inks and fabrics. Printing fabric using component blocks is an approachable way to create and develop a dynamic design vocabulary. Inspired by a brief history of textile block printing, we will carve our own designs and print short samples of fabric.
Drawing from inspiration of your own choosing, this class will allow you to explore the structure of patterns, learn basic pattern networks, understand repetition of units across a length of fabric, and experiment with the number of designs that can be created with one motif. Because printed textiles often express form through repeats, we will begin on Day 1 with exercises in black and white, learning basic pattern structures before moving to a more self-directed studio format on Day 2 with colors, varying repeats, creating multi-color designs, layering, and developing more complex imagery.
Demonstrations will focus on translating found inspiration into block patterns, carving motifs, and basic repeat techniques. Fabric weights and qualities will be discussed. Students are welcome to bring in their own fabrics in addition to what is provided in the workshop.