Facilitator: Clare Walsh
Join Clare for a morning of printing exploration using hand-carved Indian wooden blocks. Using a selection of hand-carved blocks you will print onto a variety of surfaces and will create your own design on a tea towel or bag. A relaxing and enjoyable craft steeped in history, you will also have the chance to see photographs of the process of block printing in Jaipur and handle examples of printed fabrics.
Event time: Sun 6th Dec 2020 at 10:00am - Sun 6th Dec 2020 at 1:00pm
At a glance
- An introduction to the tradition of Indian Block Printing
- Experimenting with paper and fabrics to create your own piece
- A restful and creative day of Indian craft
You will gain
- Hands-on experience into working with wood blocks, paper and textile
- Clare’s personal insight and knowledge into the history of the craft
- Takeaway pieces hand-printed by you
Clare begins by sharing images, fabrics and prints of India. She shares her knowledge of the process of hand carving the blocks. which is a traditional craft for the highly-skilled mostly in areas around Jaipur. Clare shares how the blocks are used differently in Rajasthan and Gujarat, offering a rich experience of the Indian cultures behind the technique. The blocks used on the course are Clare’s personal collection, some of which she has collected herself whilst in India.
Clare will demonstrate the technique of applying textile paint and how to produce a good image on different surfaces. The course will cover colour combination and the techniques of repeat pattern. You will then print tissue, papers and card using a variety of blocks. These papers are perfect for wrapping paper, gift tags and cards.
We will look at the different designs and you will choose your favourite blocks to work with to print fabric. Starting with calico, then choosing a tea towel, napkins or cotton bag to work with as your final piece.
Clare is a Textile Designer and Maker and an experienced teacher of over 30 years.
In her own work, Clare uses botanical material to print directly onto fabric, creating vibrant prints that are used in garments, interior products and accessories. Combining sublimation, screenprint, thermofax and block prints, she creates multi-layered designs that reflect the Cotswold countryside. Clare has taught students of all ages and enjoys introducing students to new textile techniques, encouraging creativity and helping all participants develop their skills.
Her travels to India and her growing collection of Indian wood printing blocks has inspired her work and teaching in block printing traditions.
She has exhibited and sold her work in galleries, retail outlets and contemporary craft fairs in the UK and accepts commissions for printed designs.
"So much fun, Clare was a wonderful teacher – inspiring"
"I enjoyed the course so much – a great course"