Textile Print Design
Join this Textile Print Design course and learn how to transform your own drawn or found images into a motif and design for print. You will learn a variety of textile printing techniques and how to source fabrics and print materials.
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.
Please bring items that inspire you and you would like to draw – these will form the basis of your designs.
- Printing and dyeing processes
- Printing techniques – opaque, metallic, flock, foil, transfer, acid dyes.
- Sourcing fabrics and print materials
- Fabric classification
- Papercut print onto cotton fabric.
- Pinning, colour mixing, printing.
- Design and create artwork for photographic screen exposure, using a combination of drawing: painting, cutting, mono-printing,
- photocopies or collage.
- Process screens and print a strike off in pigments.
- Experiment with overprinting and manipulation
- Dyeing - Direct
- Mixing acid dyes for printing onto silk
- Transfer press: using transfer paper and inks, and stencils to make patterns
- Flock and foil
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 textile 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
Your favourite drawing pens
A couple of paint brushes
Plastic containers with lids
Dress making pins
Some white cotton will be provided but you are welcome to 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! Natural fibres will work best; e.g silk, cotton, linen (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.
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.