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Explore the process of textile design by learning various ways to screenprint and print using heat transfer dyes in the heat press. Learn about simple repeating patterns and how to achieve them through easy hand and digital methods and print, sew and stitch to make your fabric into a bag, a cushion or a product of your choice.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn how to screenprint fabric using a variety of techniques for printing and patterning fabric, how to use Disperse dyes to create hand-painted, textured or cut papers to heat press fabric from, how to make stencils from a variety of materials to print through, how to translate an idea into a printable design using hand and digital methods and how to make simple repeating patterns.

You will acquire knowledge of:

  • Printing with Procion dyes thickened with Manutuex
  • Printing with heat-fixable screenprint inks
  • Making and using permanent and impermanent stencils and masks
  • Using drawing fluid and screen filler
  • How to make a simple repeat pattern
  • How to manipulate a simple pattern into repeat using Photoshop on a laptop (optional)
  • Collaging, painting and printing with Disperse heat-reactive dyes
  • Print finishing techniques – curing, foil treatments and stitch options
  • Use of the sewing machine to make a product

As the course progresses you are encouraged to work to your own project and interests applying new taught techniques each week. You will experience a variety of approaches to screenprinting using permanent and impermanent techniques, and make fabric samples which you can layer up with imagery as you develop your knowledge and experience. You will learn use of the Heat Press and a variety of methods for printing and painting with disperse dyes.

The tutor will use a mix of group demonstrations, individual support and the examples from her own print design practise to guide you through the process explaining the materials and teaching the printing techniques. You will receive individual support on your designs and how to realise your ideas as required.

On completion of this course you can expect to leave with a selection of screen printed samples and fabric designs and a finished product.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years and is open to beginners. You don’t need any previous experience of screenprinting as full instruction and guidance is given, however you should have a keen interest in drawing and textiles.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

Bring in inspiring sources to work from such as sketchbooks, photographs and images.

You should wear old clothes and bring an apron to work in.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Claire Leggett

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