Learn to mix ink and print your own designs onto fabric using screens, stencils and squeegees at Leeds Print Workshop.
If you’re creatively inclined, the city’s newest art hub has your Thursday nights sorted, for five whole weeks. Between 6.30pm and 9pm from Thursday 23rd February to Thursday 23rd March 2017, you could be one of just 8 people learning to screen print your own designs onto A3 lengths of fabric, cotton bags or t-shirts – even if you’re a total beginner.
“Screen printing is a traditional process which involves pushing ink through a mesh using a squeegee onto fabric or paper,” Course Leader Kirstie Williams told us. “It’s a fun technique and can produce a wide range of results for textile and surface patterns.”
With one of the founders of Leeds Print Workshop showing you the ropes, the Screen Printing for Textiles course should be easier than you might imagine. Kirstie discovered her love for screen printing 12 years ago on an art and design foundation course, before completing her Masters degree in Textile Design and lecturing at Leeds College of Art – all while selling her work online and at local fairs.
Now it’s your turn to master the full creative process from start to finish. By the end of your fifth session with Kirsty at Leeds Print Workshop, you’ll have had experience coating and exposing imagery onto screens, using blank screens with stencils and printing with a squeegee, using inks you have mixed yourself.
Aside from being taught in a specialist print workshop slap bang in the centre of Leeds, the beauty of this particular course is that the weekly evening classes are loosely structured around you. You could turn up with a project in mind and have Kirstie help you bring it to life or just see how the mood strikes you.
The possibilities of what you could create using bold shapes and colours are endless, and you’re encouraged to bring extra materials from home to play with – like lengths of cotton or linen. Small samples of textiles are provided for you, but you can never have enough for more ambitious projects.
“Students will be printing onto cotton fabric samples and there is the option to print onto cotton bags, or t-shirts if they wish to bring them along,” Kirstie explained. “Students will be encouraged to layer colour, shape and pattern to develop a range of interesting surface pattern designs. The fabric pieces can then be used to create small fabric products or used as framed pieces of art.”
When it comes to the textile inks and equipment, the Screen Printing for Textiles course has you covered. Most of the screens you’ll use were donated by a Welsh print workshop, and when you try your hand at multi-coloured prints, you’ll use a Kippax screen print vacuum table from Leeds University.
And if the Screen Printing for Textiles course has you hooked, you could even become a member of Leeds Print Workshop when your five weeks are up. That way you could carry on screen printing, surrounded by printmakers who’ll share their ideas and techniques with you, making this just the start of a creative adventure.
Screen Printing for Textiles is at Leeds Print Workshop from Thursday 23rd February to Friday 23rd March 2017. Tickets available now.