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British Values in Screenprint

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In late May I was invited to visit Moreton Community School in Wolverhampton by Amy Draper (Head of Textiles), to work with some of their gifted and talented textiles students. The students from Years 8, 9 & 10 were to spend the day learning how to screenprint using dyes and developing work as part of piece representing British Values. 

The subject matter was certainly a challenging one, what are British Values? I really had to think carefully and investigate what are thought to be British Values today. I spoke with friends, my adult students and researched the governments recent papers on the subject – it certainly sparked some interesting debates!

We agreed to focus on creating symbols that represent the following values  – freedom of expression, community, democracy, tolerance, rule of law, respect and equality. Following a discussion on what these values meant to the group, they selected symbols to interpret in their own designs. These were drawn and stencils cut out to attach to their screens.

Then the messy bit began – no matter how hard you try when new to printing with dyes, it seems to find its way into your gloves, across the table and even onto your face!  We used white cotton pre soaked with soda ash and red & blue dyes to represent the Union Jack colours to continue the British theme. Some students decided to work with one colour, others printed with both and some even swapped screens with their fellow students to create their printed designs.

Once the prints were dried, bunting and figures were cut from the printed fabric to assembled into a collage. The group machine embroidered words, representing British Values, and the details of the figures onto the wall hanging, using the work of Laura McCafferty as their inspiration.

Everyone worked extremely hard during the workshop and I was very impressed with the students ideas & perseverance whilst working on a difficult subject and tricky medium. The group are still working on completing the final stage of the wall hanging during their lunch hours and hope to have it completed very soon. Amy has promised to send us a picture of the completed work – so photo to follow!

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Screenprinting at Guthrie & Ghani

Last Sunday I held a Screenprinting workshop at Lauren Guthrie’s beautiful shop & workshop Guthrie & Ghani  in Moseley, Birmingham. It was a pleasure to spend the day with Grace, Heather and Linda and show them how to prepare and print their designs onto a length of fabric. I’m sure you’ll agree they produced some fantastic prints.

If you would like to hear about future workshops  you can visit my website www.silversoles.co.uk, subscribe to my blog or visit Lauren’s website at www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk

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Screen Printing – Design and Print your own Fabric

On Sunday 5th October 2014 I’m running a Screenprinting workshop at Lauren Guthrie’s fabulous shop and studio workshop Guthrie & Ghani in Moseley, Birmingham. You’ll learn how to screenprint your unique designs onto a length of fabric ready for future use on your own projects.

Scrrenprint imageDuring the screenprinting workshop you will learn how to

  • translate your design into a stencil,
  • apply simple 2 way colour separation techniques,
  • how to create repeat patterns and
  • the process of screen printing onto fabric.

You will need to bring along;

  • a few of your chosen designs
  • a length of your own fabric to print on;~ this can be natural or synthetic fabrics, woven or stretch fabrics. Choose a fabric with a smooth surface as this will take your print easily.

Think about what you may want to use the fabric for in the future (creating cushions, bags, a skirt etc), as this will help deciding what type and how much fabric you will need. For practical reasons, I anticipate you will need no more than 2 to 2.5m of fabric – any more and you are unlikely to print it all in the workshop time.

Booking & Tickets available via www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/workshop/screen-print-your-own-fabric  or call (0121) 4498419. 

screenprinting in action

Class runs from 10am-4pm (1 hour lunch break – please bring a packed lunch, alternatively there are lots of cafes, pubs & bistros nearby to get something delicious).
Venue: Guthrie & Ghani, Moseley, Birmingham
Date: Sunday 5th October 2014
Time: 10 – 4pm Tickets: £60

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Textile Classes at MAC

Only a week to go and tickets selling fast for the Autumn Term Textiles classes and workshops I am running at the Midlands Art Centre. This term’s Fabric, Paper & Stitch students will be working toward a New Year exhibition of their work using Edible as their inspiration. The Explore Feltmaking course focus this term will be on 3d surface textures and drawing with wool to create landscapes. Also look out for the short weekend workshops planned throughout the Autumn starting with Silk Painting at the end of September. Autumn term starts on Monday 15th September, further information and tickets can be found at www.macarts.co.uk

Twelve week courses are;

Explore Feltmaking  Mondays 13.00hrs to 15.00hrs, An introduction to traditional and contemporary felt making with opportunities to experiment with a range of fibres, fabric and wool. 

Explore Textiles Mondays 19.30 to 21.30, A practical introduction and exploration of textiles developing personal projects using batik, screen printing, feltmaking and embroidery with elements of paper making and dyeing.

Fabric, Paper & Stitch Wednesdays 10.00 hrs to 12.00hrs.  An exploration of surface design introducing a range of techniques including printing (Block & Screen) hand & machine embroidery with surface design exercises to develop your own creative language.

Mixed Media Textiles Wednesday 13.00hrs to 15.00hrs or Thursday 19.30hrs to 21.00hrs. Experimenting with a variety of materials and trying different techniques to build mixed media tactile surfaces. Using batik, feltmaking & heat bonding processes combined with embroidery, wire, plastics and found objects you can try out new ideas and develop your own individual projects. IMG_1224

 

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