Many of you will be starting to think about Christmas already, so if you enjoy making some of your presents, you might like know that my daughter Flora will be running some more of her printing on fabric courses in early December. In just one day, you will learn several simple printing techniques and come away with your own piece of printed fabric that you can make into cushions, bags or tea towels. If you have a creative relative or friend who would also enjoy learning a new skill, you can buy gift vouchers by clicking here. Here’s Flora to tell you more…..
“When I was fifteen, I really enjoyed teaching art workshops to children in the summer holidays. Later on, I studied product design at The Glasgow School of Art and went on to several jobs doing design and illustrating but after a while I gravitated back to teaching because I realised that I enjoy showing people how to create something themselves. Printing is very accessible – you don’t need to be an expert and the simplest designs can be the most effective.
I currently run two courses on printing skills for fabric at Vanessa’s barn in Cirencester. It’s a lovely creative environment with two studios that also host artists in residence. My introductory course is for learning different printing techniques and the intermediate course is for developing skills, exploring repeat patterns and layering colours.
“People of all ages come to the courses but most are those with busy lives or jobs who have no time or space to be creative. When they come here, they have a lovely break and come away with something beautiful.”
First of all, we settle into the day with a cup of tea and then I demonstrate the different printing techniques that everyone can try. They are all simple processes that you can continue exploring at home afterwards.
I start with potato print which is quite playful as you don’t have to worry about messing up a potato! Next, I demonstrate how to cut patterns in lino and then after lunch, we look at silk screen printing. It sounds complicated but it’s a very quick and easy process that’s done with paper stencils. You can either photocopy a pattern and cut it out with scissors or you can draw your own stencil.
After the demonstration, you’re free to use the rest of the time to explore all the techniques on pieces of fabric which you take home with you at the end of the day. I’ll also be supplying card and paper so that you can make your own Christmas wrapping paper and cards too!”
Introduction to simple printing skills on fabric:
Saturday 5th and, Sunday 6th December 2015 , Saturday 23rd and Saturday 16th January 2016
Intermediate class for simple printing skills on fabric:
Sunday 24th January 2016
* If the day you choose is full up, please contact me to be added to the waiting list as there are sometimes cancellations.
TIMING: 10am-4pm. Please arrive early for tea, coffee and to settle in. Please bring a pack-lunch and an apron.
COST: £65 for the day (£10 of this price is to cover the costs of materials, if you would like to buy more linen then there will be more available to buy on the day)
LOCATION: The Tallet, Calmsden, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5ET
HOW TO BOOK: You can book your place on one of Flora’s courses by clicking here: www.simpleprintmaking.co.uk
Watch this space for news on Flora’s new dye-making and print-making classes in Bristol! Flora is currently expanding her horizons by studying horticiulture and plans to bring this and her love for print-making together by creating a natural dye garden in Bristol where she will grow plants for making her own natural dye.
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