In Person: Block Printing on Textiles
Taught by Karin Persan
Karin Persan is a hands on textile designer and maker, working from her store and studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She received her BFA in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused in Fiber and Material Studies. She formed her line "Better Than Jam" of printed clothing and accessories shortly after graduating, while teaching on the side. In early 2010 she opened a boutique of the same name, which has since grown to include a communal studio and workshop space.
In this workshop, we'll learn the art of block printing on textiles. We'll start with a bit of history about the process and introduction to the materials. After a little discussion about how to carve and how your image will transfer, we get right into carving and printing!
A quick carve "Block" and all tools are provided, as well as textiles samples and paper. Come with a few images you might want to carve, no more than 2.5" square. Simple designs work best, and having a few options to choose from will be helpful. If you're a fast carver, you can work on more than one block design.
You are welcome to bring your own materials to print on as well. Make sure fabrics are prewashed and ironed. You'll leave with your 2.5" square block, so you can continue printing on your own!