Block Printing Repeat Patterns for Textiles

Fiber Arts, Print & Book Arts

Block Printing Repeat Patterns for Textiles

Learn the basics of designing and block printing your own repeat pattern designs on textiles.

Member

$300.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Guest

$363.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 3/9/2024 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  2. Sun, 3/10/2024 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sat, 3/9/2024 - Sun, 3/10/2024

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Type:
Class, All Levels

Location:
Fiber Arts Studio

Interests:
Surface Design, Dyeing, Printmaking

About

Learn the endlessly creative exploration of surface design on textiles! The art of block printing and creating repeat patterns on textiles is the slowest process of printing. Once mastered it's quite rewarding and shows the artisan's touch. These techniques date back to ancient civilizations but still stand the test of time in their popularity.

You'll begin by designing a simple motif within the confines of a small square that then will carved. That will be  followed by a discussion of mixing pigments and the various ways of designing, registering, and repeating motifs when printing on fabric. Then the fun part: testing and printing your design to create various repeat patterns. Demonstrations will guide you all the way through heat-setting.

Easy-to-understand techniques and skill building will be provided using blocks that are easier to carve than traditional substrates. This class creates the foundation for other block printing classes taught by the same instructor (you may be interested in looking at "Beyond the Square" when it's next offered). Sewing won't be part of the instruction, but suggestions may be offered.

Details

  • Skill level: Beginning
  • The printing process requires standing and leaning over a table so, in addition to hand strength, a strong back and comfortable shoes are strongly suggested.
  • Bring a sack lunch both days. There is a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.

Project

You'll take home your own hand-printed bandana with your unique design as well as the skills to continue exploring the process on your own.

Materials

  • A $90 materials fee, included in the cost of this class, pays for a kit containing pigments for printing, blocks for carving, a table pad, foam for inking, basic tools, and textiles. Studio tools and supplies will be available for you to use.
  • Students need to bring:
  • Two or three clear deli containers with tight-fitting lids (for mixing pigments)
  • Apron and/or work clothes (pigments will stain clothes)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sketchbook and pencil w/eraser
  • Sharpie pens
  • Tracing paper (optional)

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

    BARN Policies

    Instructors or Guides

    Christa Schoenbrodt

    Christa, a life-long Middle Tennessean, has lived a life of creativity. Surrounded by family members who were always stitching something – whether clothing, quilts, or embroidery – her creative expression was often more about exploring fine art. Paper was often her preferred surface not only as a printmaker but as a graphic design studio owner (Studio Haus). Then she learned the artistry of block-printing repeat patterns and textile design, using skills that merged perfectly with her design sensibilities. The slower and more experimental pace of hand-printing repeat patterns presented great surprises and opportunities to accept the “imperfections” inherent in the process. She now works with textiles using not only block-printing processes but also silkscreen, digital design, and cyanotype techniques and more recently bag-making and slow stitching.

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