Experimental Textile Printing
On this course, you'll learn how to transform your own drawn or found images into a motif and design for print so please bring the items with you to form the basis of your designs. We'll demonstrate a mix of techniques including dyeing of silk and cotton and screen printing onto a variety of different fabrics...
Taught by: Lara Mantell.
On this course, you'll learn how to transform your own drawn or found images into a motif and design for print so please bring the items with you to form the basis of your designs. We'll demonstrate a mix of techniques including dyeing of silk and cotton and screen printing onto a variety of different fabrics. You'll have the opportunity to experiment with a range of printing techniques including pigment binders, metallics, flock & foil using the heat transfer press, and specialist printing of silk using acid dyes.
You'll leave with a range of printed samples of your dye and print experiments and at least one piece of work you have designed and printed yourself, for example scarves, cushion covers or T-shirts. You'll also know how to take the next steps, namely how and where you can continue print designing.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in learning a new craft, whether for a hobby or because you're an artist looking to diversify or add to your skills. It could lead you to full or part-time studies in another aspect of textile design.
'Excellent - Thoroughly enjoyable. Great facilities, great teaching (thorough), sufficient time given for screen printing' - Anon
'It was excellent. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, the facility was excellent and we had the freedom to use the equipment as needed. It was a valuable experience.' - Anon
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
Plastic containers with lids
Dress making pins
On the first day some white cotton will be provided but please bring additional fabric that you would like to print onto (advice about fabrics will be given during the course). The more fabric you bring the more printing you can do! e.g silk, cotton, synthetic fabric (flat surfaces, not stretchy, and not calico)
Garments to print on
Something to inspire you, for example; drawings, sketches, photocopies, magazine pictures, mark-making, computer printouts, patterns - all preferably in black and white.
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.