Silk screen and hand painting for textiles
This course is designed for all creative types who would like an insight into an alternative technique to screen-printing, previous experience and knowledge of screen-printing would be useful but is not essential. The course offers an introduction into silk screen printing using the technique of polychromatic screen printing. Polychromatic refers to the multiple use of colours, this technique is used by working directly onto the silk screen using brushes, pipettes and soft mark making tools to create and illustrate your designs. All colours are intermixable creating a vibrant and multi-coloured palette. This is a flexible technique allowing the designer to experiment through the application of dyes and the printing process. The silk screen design can be printed onto both fabric and paper, the technique also allows you to repeat the print several times with variable outcomes and tones.
This is a practical hands on workshop designed to suit both experienced artists and beginners. Some Independent research would be useful. Please bring with you some visuals, patterns, photos and ideas you may want to use as inspiration for your designs. The course will be taught in a series of practical workshops demonstrating each of the processes, polychromatic and paper stencil screen-printing
The course is an experimental step into screen printing and can be adopted for use with t-shirts, bags or canvases. On this course you will create your designs freehand painting directly onto the silk-screen. You will develop your designs further by creating paper stencils these will be used to build surfaces and layers within your design.
Designers will learn the technique of Polychromatic Printing and also paper stencilling in conjunction with the Screen-printing. Students will gain extensive knowledge in the use of how to mix print pastes used in this technique. Students will take away a sketchbook of designs and ideas developed with an understanding of techniques and materials, students can bring a tote bag, t-shirt or fabric of their choice to experiment with.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Kavita Kumari, began her career as a freelance Print Designer in Fashion & Interiors, selling at Indigo and Premiere Vision and in New York to Calvin Klein after graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA Honours in Textile: Print. She has since held several independent and collaborative exhibitions combining her skills as a Painter and Textile Designer, leading to commissions for Jujus and Village Underground for Corporate Events and New Graduate Designers. She maintains a strong connection with the University through her position as a Specialist Teaching and Learning Print & Dye Technician supporting MA & BA courses at LCF, with a PG Cert in MA Academic Practice for Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education. Kavita teaches Freehand Drawing for Textiles, Polychromatic Screen Printing for Textiles, Fashion Design & Making Residential courses tutor for UAL Short Courses across Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- Rubber gloves
- Images, Photos, Research
- Cotton t-shirts, Cotton Bags or Cotton Fabric
- Colouring Pencils/Felts/Paints (Optional)