Upcycle Fabric with Print
Learn how to use Indian woodblocks to customise or upcycle your clothes and print patches for mending, patching and sewing.
This printmaking workshop begins with a discussion about how to create patterned patches and a demonstration of inking and printing with Indian woodblock. We’ll use the woodblocks to customise fabric from the offcut box as well as to update or upcycle clothing and fabrics that you bring with you. You might like to embellish t-shirts, dresses and jeans or rip up an old sheet to print your own stash of multipurpose patches – these can be repurposed for quilting, decorative mending or new sewing projects. You will leave with … strips, panels, swatches and patches of fabric hand printed with Indian woodblock. Once heat-set these will be safe to wash without the print fading.
WHO IS THIS UPCYCLING WORKSHOP FOR?
This workshop is for those of you who want to get the most out of things you already have. You might already be a decorative darner and you want to make a collection of patches ready for mending holes in jeans, or you might be looking for ways to increase your zero waste lifestyle. You might have a lot of plain clothes that could use cheering up with a little print. You do not need any experience to participate in this workshop as all techniques will be covered from the beginning. The woodblocks are already designed, so you don’t need to be good at drawing or to come up with your own design ideas. Once you’ve started to get the fabric printing bug, you might also be interested in the Two Day Fabric Introduction, which teaches you to design and print your own fabric.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
Fabric inks and the woodblocks will be provided, as well as a small strip of offcut fabric from the box, but you do need to bring along your own fabrics to print on in this session. The best fabrics to bring are light coloured cottons or linens, as these will hold the ink well. Bring along small offcuts as these are perfect for little patches, but you might also like to bring along torn-down old sheets or clothing you no longer wear, as these can be repurposed. Additionally, if you have plain clothing that you would like to embellish with a print border or highlight, you can also bring these too. Make sure you have enough to keep you busy!
Group size is limited to 8 people to give you plenty of space to work and unwind in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The workshop will begin at 09:30, please arrive five minutes before the start of the session for introductions and a cup of tea or coffee. The workshop will finish at approximately 12:30, but note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work.
I've been teaching printmaking at Slamseys since 2014, having studied with the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute. I love helping students discover new processes and make sure classes are relaxed and friendly - you can never ask too many questions!
"We really had a fantastic time learning how to screen print and creating our own designs and would love to do more with Slamseys.... Highly recommend both in terms of the fab venue and teaching!!"
I go on courses when other people go on holiday and as it happened 2 booked courses had been cancelled. It was at this stage I discovered Slamsey’s printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head, booking 4 courses in the Autumn 2017 programme. I started to panic: What if I didn’t the first one and had paid the fees for 3 more? Would the content overlap too much that I wouldn’t learn much and get bored? What is I didn’t like the tutor?
It has been a total success! These courses are equal in standard to the mosaic courses run the artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, another professional artist, and previously the best I have attended.
Ruth Wheaton is a very experience tutor class and gently moves students on so that the all the activities are completed and yet there is flexibility. The equipment and block printing ink are freely available when you need them and there are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the print-making process.
The description on the website is full and very accurate and if you explore the super website you will see the standard of work which is possible achievable to.
Each course covered a different area. To me learning how to build up a design and use the colour wheel to make all the colours needed from red, blue and yellow ink has been really useful. I believe I have a acquired very thorough grounding and with practice at home, and likely achieve very satisfying results.
The details list the kind of people who will enjoy the courses. I would say that with Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, providing you consider yourself ‘crafty’ you will get a great deal out of them. You need no more knowledge than having done potato printing and having enjoyed the process. You will meet a whole variety of people. I call myself a mosaic artist, but not having done any printing in a degree module for nearly 20 years because of a depressive illness resulting in complete loss of confidence.
Everything associated with Slamsey’s is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed. …. and there is plenty of parking!
What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!
The 5 Week Printmaking Short Course was a perfect introduction to a variety of ways of printing art, that could easily be replicated at home. Ruth is a very talented artist who is able to generate an enthusiasm for what she does during the course. She is very patient and allows each member of the class to 'do their own thing'. The surroundings in which the course takes place are ideal and the equipment provided is very good. I will certainly continue to print art at home and have already begun collecting a few things with a project in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each morning.
The Fabric Printing One-to-One course was fantastic. We were so impressed with the course from booking to finish. Ruth was flexible and accommodating when we needed to change our booking at the last minute. We would just love to do more printing now! The follow up information about where to purchase supplies etc. is extremely helpful. This will ensure we carry on!
I found the Fabric Printing Short Course really interesting and informative, especially as this is something I've never tried before, it was very good value for money. I especially liked the small class and the laid back approach Ruth has, it really does makes people feel at ease and able to express themselves individually. Also being able to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The cakes were a real treat too!