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Block Printing on Fabric with Adele Mattern

Adele Mattern
Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31, 2019, 10-5
$275 non-members $245 members
$30 materials fee includes blocks, inks and fabric

This workshop is full.  Call to put your name on the waiting list.

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 lengths 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 w the number of designs that can be created with one motif. We will begin on day one in black and white, and move to add color on day two by varying repeats, creating multi-color designs and using basic overdye effects.

Demonstrations will focus on translating found inspiration into block patterns, carving motifs, and basic printing 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.