Contemporary Screen Printing With Natural Dyes
Learn how contemporary printing techniques for textiles are incorporating the use of natural dyes and transforming this ancient craft for a modern audience. Through demonstrations, group talks, and individual tuition, you will learn how to use different mordants to enhance natural dye colours and understand how to achieve luminous, bright or subtle colours...
Taught by: Lara Mantell.
Learn how contemporary printing techniques for textiles are incorporating the use of natural dyes and transforming this ancient craft for a modern audience. Through demonstrations, group talks, and individual tuition, you will learn how to use different mordants to enhance natural dye colours and understand how to achieve luminous, bright or subtle colours. Visual examples of natural dye prints and colours will be available to study. We will also supply you with hand-outs of the recipes, and supplier’s details. There will be plenty of opportunities to experiment with different fabrics as well as low-tech printing methods such as cut-paper stencils and mono-print. Your projects will become personalised as we encourage you to create your own designs and produce colour palettes. You will learn how to create prints of a professional quality that are long-lasting and wash-fast. Environmental and sustainable issues will also be discussed to allow comparisons to be made with the synthetic print industry. Information will also be provided as to how these techniques can be replicated at home, or in a small print workshop.
You will finish the course with a small collection of fabrics, hand-printed with your own design, using natural dyes. You will understand how to screen-print with natural dyes in a professional, safe, and environmentally conscious way. And learn how to produce high quality prints in beautiful colours onto a wide range of fabrics. You will also understand how techniques taught can be continued and practiced after the course has finished.
Who Should Attend
Suitable for textile print designers interested in learning a new skill. Screen printers who would like the experience of printing with alternative dye mediums. Natural dyers who want to understand how to translate their work into screen printing. And, environmentally conscious artists who want to print colour and pattern.
The course is structured so that it is suitable for beginners through to professionals and may lead to a career change in the arts or further studies in sustainable textile design.
All levels welcome
Lara Mantell is a printed textile designer, with a degree in Fashion and Textile Design with Business Studies from the University of Brighton. Lara works as a Specialist Print and Dye technician on the BA and MA Textile courses at Chelsea College of Arts. An experienced teacher of drawing and textile design, Lara has devised and taught short courses at Chelsea and other London college for many years. With an extensive repertoire of print and design knowledge and an interest in sustainable practice, she successfully researches contemporary methods for screen printing with natural dyes. Lara’s freelance career has included selling textile designs to major fashion brands, such as The Collection, as well as undertaking bespoke commissions for hand-printed cushions and silk scarfs. Her large large-scale intricately printed textile designs have been exhibited in recent exhibitions at Chelsea College of Arts.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
Notebook and Pen
A couple of paint brushes
Small plastic containers with lids
Dress making pins
Something to inspire you, for example; drawings, sketches, photocopies, magazine pictures, mark-making, computer printouts, patterns - all preferably in black and white.
Colour references – fabric swatches, magazine pages, scraps of paper, anything with combinations of colours that interest you.
Small quantities of natural fabrics that you would like to print onto, e.g. silk, cotton, linen, wool – ready washed (flat surfaces, not stretchy, and not calico)
On the first day some pre-mordanted white cotton and silk will be provided. Further advice about fabrics will be given during the course.
As part of your research you may wish to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.
Please wear sensible shoes.