Fabric Printing Introduction Course at Slamseys
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About the Course
A fun, relaxed two day course where you will learn the basics of designing and printing onto fabric.
On Day One we explore relief printmaking, beginning with organic shapes and developing simple prints and designs. By the end of the day you will know how to get set up at home, have tried out several different brands of ink and explored printing complementary designs and patterns onto fabric with both temporary and permanent relief stamps.
On Day Two, we look at stencil screen printing, working on both a small and a large scale. There will be opportunities to experiment with repeat pattern and thermofax printing. By the end of the day you will have a good understanding of the process of screen printing and you will know how to register a two-colour design.
Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on experimentation so that you can develop your techniques and learn a multitude of skills to continue your printmaking at home.
You will leave with… fabric printed with samples of your designs and your relief stamps that can be used in future projects at home. At the end of the course you will be emailed an in-depth course manual with details of each techniques covered and a list of supplies and equipment.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is aimed at dabblers and creative, curious people who would like to experiment with printmaking onto fabric and those who would like to continue printing at home.
Beginners to printmaking are welcome, and you will learn the basic skills required to print your own designs.
Those with a little prior experience, or designers, artists and creatives, will be able to explore transferring these skills to fabric.
We begin each session with a demonstration of the skills we will be covering so no previous experience is necessary.
All printmaking tools and equipment will be provided for each session. You are advised to bring along a sketchbook and basic drawing materials and any design ideas or reference materials you have in mind.
You will be provided with a starter pack of plain white cotton and a cotton tote bag to print on. However, we recommend that you bring along your own selection of fabrics to fully explore each technique, for instance cotton or linen in different colours, lighter shades will be most effective. Different fabrics will result in a slightly different print. We will mostly be working on a small scale, so smaller offcuts of fabric may be useful too.
Group size is limited to 6 people to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This course runs over two days, Thursday and Friday, starting at 10:00 am. The course will finish both days between 15:30 and 16:00 depending on the speed at which you work and the complexities of your designs. Please arrive five minutes early for the first class for introductions.
Tea and coffee is included each day. Please bring along your own packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five minute drive away).
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All printmaking tools and equipment, fabric to print on (although you should bring in additional fabrics to print on), tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake.
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 Slamseys 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!
Cathy T - - #11227
Loved this course! Screen printing was my fave. Great tuition, lovely venue. Booking more classes soon!
Steph - - #10573
Took part in this course over two days - I chose this course because I wanted an opporuntity to use thermofax screens as well as woodblocks, but I also got the chance to make my own designs. Trying out different inks was great - I now know everything I need to carry on printing at home, which was my plan :)
Laura - - #9514
This was a really interesting course - I enjoyed coming every week and have since started to do my own printing at home! The barn is a beautiful space to work & can;t recommend enough!
Leigh J - - #7791
I loved this course! Really enjoyed coming each week, although I did have to travel from East London it was wirth it. Learned so many skills, most of which I can keep using at home or others when I return to Print Club. There was a scrumptious cake each week and plenty of teas and coffees throughout. I left with fabric which I have turned into cushions. I'm hoping to start printing cushions to sell online, this course has given me the confidence to get started and take the leap. Can't recommend enough!
Andrea - - #6793
Learned the basics of fabric printing, all of which I can keep doing at home. Met some lovely people, only four of us on the course, which meant there was lots of 1-1 attention. The barn and farm make a lovely setting, course supplies and refreshments were generous.
J H - - #6781
Really interesting course, illustrating all the basics in printing onto fabric, including screen printing, lino & block printing. Enjoyed the small class size and beautiful venue. Plenty of parking and accessible entrance. Highly recommend.
Anne Howard - - #6756
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Course Start DatesThursday 5th July 2018
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- Disabled access
- Suitable for events & groups
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