Creative Arts Summer School
Facilitator: Clare Walsh
Learn the traditional skill of Indian Block Printing using a beautiful collection of hand-carved woodblocks. After a demonstration of the printing process, colour mixing, design placement and repeat patterns you will print tissue paper, card and coloured papers in the morning. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to choose a bag, tea towel or napkin to print using your favourite block. Suitable for beginners.
Event time: Sat 13th Jul at 9:00am - Sat 13th Jul at 5:00pm
Indian block printing is a traditional craft still in use today to produce beautiful fabrics, join me for a day of printing exploration using hand-carved Indian wood blocks, some collected on travels in India some old, some new but all wonderful to use.
We will start with me sharing some images, fabrics and prints of India, I will explain the process of hand carving these blocks, which are carved by skilled craftsmen, mainly in the area around Jaipur and the different ways the blocks are used in Rajasthan and Gujarat. I will demonstrate the technique of applying textile paint and explain how to produce a good image on different surfaces, how to combine colours and designs and how to create repeat patterns.
You will then print tissue, papers and card using a variety of blocks, these papers are perfect for wrapping paper, gift tags and cards, you will be encouraged to try different colours, experiment with repeat patterns and combine designs to achieve a unique print.
In the afternoon 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. Linen fabric will be available to buy if you would like to print pieces suitable to make a cushion or bag.
Clare is a Textile Designer /Maker and an experienced teacher, inspired by and printed from nature, her vibrant printed textiles are created for bespoke commissions and special projects as well as unique garments, accessories and interiors. Combining sublimation, screen print, thermofax and block prints she creates multi-layered designs that reflect the Cotswold countryside. Travels in India and a growing collection of hand-carved Indian printing blocks have inspired her interest in Indian Block Printing and she delivers workshops and talks on this traditional craft. Living in Oxfordshire for many years regular visits to the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums gave a fascinating insight into World Textiles.
Clare has taught students of all ages and enjoys introducing students to new textile techniques, encouraging creativity and helping all participants develop their skills.
She has exhibited and sold her work through 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"