October 9, 10 (Tue, Wed) 10am–4pm
Maiwa East, 1310 Odlum, Vancouver, Canada
Blockprinting is an efficient and artistic means of applying repeat elements to both fabric and paper. The process introduces slight variations that add character with each impression. The fluid and easy placement of imagery allows the personality of the artisan to shine through.
Join us in this fascinating workshop as we explore the design potential of blockprinting with Setacolor fabric paints. The exploration of positive and negative space and complex repeat patterning is a strong focus. For inspiration we will bring in Maiwa’s large collection of blocks and blockprinted textiles.
Students will have the opportunity to print with exquisite hand-carved wooden blocks from India. Experience the intricacies of their complicated repeats and learn about overlaying blocks. Enjoy this opportunity to connect with craftspeople and traditions that have existed for centuries.
Students will also design, carve, and print with a versatile material called “Speedy Cut” as well as create blocks out of found items. Students will complete a project and a comprehensive reference book filled with creative ideas and samples. Anne will discuss the difference in approach between printing with natural dyes and synthetic dyes.