One of the morning exercises was to analyse different patterns and to find examples of different types of patterns to put in our Pattern Dictionaries. Elisha is working out how this pattern was made. Elisha working with a new stamp she carved. See below the resulting pattern. Charlotte’s new carved stamp produces a number of […]
The students have spent the past couple of weeks learning how to make repeating patterns, developing their own designs then using them to create different patterns. Connie cuts a quick, inexpensive corrugated cardboard stamp to trial a design. Elisha created a design based on a building then translated it into foam stamps, one the mirror […]
I spent 2 days getting the Victoria College of Art’s Lower Studio ready for teaching in this spring term. This is the before shot. Day 2 my well-trained assistant set up the print tables. All ready for “Pattern Design for Artists” I enjoy teaching this course because there are always great discoveries to be made.
This highly skilled craftsman carves intricate blocks for printing fabric. He carves ancient designs and he takes on commissions for new designs. See the Canadian designs on the left. He is making blocks for a Canadian textile artist.
Stage 9 – Dabu mud-resist is applied where the 1st shade of indigo blue needs to be kept. Dabu can withstand a maximum of 4 dips into the indigo vat. Stage 10 – The textile is immersed again into the indigo vat & spread in the sun to develop the colour. Stage 11 – The […]
Stage 5 -Washing removes the printing gums. Stage 6 – The textile is immersed in a hot alizarin bath for 1 hour to devlop the 2 shades of red. Stage 7 – Mud-resist paste (clay-earth & gum) is applied with blocks to mask out areas of the design to remain red or white. Sprinkled with […]
One of the displays in the Anokhi Museum I was most impressed with was a sequence of waistcoats that showed the numerous steps involved in hand block printing & dying a textile. Stage one, the textile is treated with Chebulic Myroballan so the pastes & dyes will stick. Stage 2, The textile is printed with […]
The Anokhi company, among other activities, helped revive the local hand block printing industry by supporting artisans & their families. It produces block printed garments & products that they sell in their Indian & international retail outlets. They renovated & restored this old mansion and established a museum to showcase the history of hand block […]