WORKSHOP Blockprinting

by - Monday, April 01, 2013

Registration Opens June 24 at 10am

2013 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Anne Babchuk

$250 includes 75 lab fee
September 4, 5, 6, 2013 - Class Limit 16
Maiwa East: 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver BC

Blockprinting is an artistic and efficient means of applying design and 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, printed textiles, and resource material.

Students will have the opportunity to print with exquisite hand-carved wooden blocks from India, experience the intricacies of their complicated repeats, and use overlaying blocks for overlaying colours. 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 “Safety 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 also discuss the processes of printing with natural and synthetic dyes for those students interested in taking blockprinting in that direction.

Instructor Bio

Anne Babchuk has been a resident instructor for the Maiwa Textile Workshops for the past 18 years. She has taught classes in a wide range of traditional and contemporary surface design processes. Some specialties are: natural dyeing and printing, indigo dyeing, shibori, blockprinting, and precision dyeing.

Anne studied fine art at Okanagan University. To fund her education she started her own home-based textile business. She feels her greatest education has come through working for Maiwa Handprints, taking workshops from world-class instructors, and travelling.

Currently she archives and maintains the Maiwa Textile Collection and Library. She is also a trustee of the Maiwa Foundation and co-ordinator for the Maiwa Textile Symposium.

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