Workshop extraordinaire

Phew, we had a most creative and ambitious group of students on our introductory screen-printing on textiles workshop last Saturday. Lots of fun and some real successes. The workshops are great for us — we rarely get time to play as much as we like so it’s brill to have six people in a room with us, all pushing screen printing techniques in different directions. It reminds us how versatile the method can be. Here’s a sample of some of the work:

Sometimes the simplest images work best. A balloon made using a paper stencil and a piece of lace
Sometimes the simplest images work best. A balloon made using a paper stencil and a piece of lace.
A gorgeous design, again simple and clean, in a single colour. Not bad for a first try!
A gorgeous design, again simple and clean, in a single colour. Not bad for a first try!
Art for the wall, coordinated with a new kitchen design. Not bad, eh?
Art for the wall, coordinated with a new kitchen design. Not bad, eh?
A tandem, made using two colours, superimposed. Lovely!
A tandem, made using two colours, superimposed. Lovely!
A three colour print, using three separate stencils that all had to be aligned. Told you they were ambitious!
A three colour print on a bag, using three separate stencils that all had to be aligned. Told you they were ambitious!
This was made by combining monotype with stencil techniques. Can't wait to see it framed.
This was made by combining monotype with stencil techniques. Can’t wait to see it framed.

 

 

To Jersey we sail

We’re heading off to Jersey in a week, to participate in the Spice, Treasures and Trade craft-makers weekend. It sounds ace — it takes place in yurts in Gorey, on the southeast coast of the island.

We have a soft spot for Gorey since it’s where we ended up on our sketching trip to Jersey at the beginning of the year. Here we are (forgive the pretentious beret; it was the cheapest I could find over the there and it was freezing!):

Sketching in Gorey, Jersey, in freezing weather!
Sketching in Gorey, Jersey, in freezing weather!

We have since turned our sketches into a papercut, which we are busy printing on to tea towels and linen panels that will soon become cushions.