Block Printing Repeat Patterns for Textiles

  • Friday, November 11, 2022
  • Sunday, November 13, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Friday, November 11, 2022, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Saturday, November 12, 2022, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • Sunday, November 13, 2022, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI111122CS
  • 5

Registration

  • $286 Tuition + $55 Materials Fee
  • $220 Tuition + $55 Materials Fee

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Learn this endlessly creative exploration of surface design on textiles! It is the slowest process of printing and, once mastered, quite rewarding, showing the artisan’s touch. Block printing techniques date back to ancient civilizations but still stand the test of time in their popularity.

We will begin by designing a simple motif within the confines of a small square which will then be carved. We will discuss mixing pigments and the various ways of designing, registering and repeating motifs when printing on fabric.

Students will take home their own hand-printed bandana with their unique design as well as the skills to continue exploring the process on their own.  

Supplies Needed:

  • 2-3 clear deli containers with tight fitting lids (for mixing pigments)
  • Apron and/or work clothes (pigments will stain clothes)
  • Sketchbook and pencil w/eraser
  • Sharpies
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Comfortable shoes

Details:

  • Skill Level: All levels welcome.
  • There is a materials fee of $55 included in the price of class. 
  • Feel free to bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave in the kitchen on the lower level.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor:

Christa Schoenbrodt. As a life-long Middle Tennessean, Christa has always lived a life of creativity. Surrounded by family members who were always stitching something–whether clothing, quilts or embroidery–her creative expression was often more about exploring fine art. Paper was often her preferred surface not only as a printmaker but as a graphic design studio owner (Studio Haus). When Covid shut down much of her business potential in 2020, Christa learned the artistry of block-printing repeat patterns and textile design—skills that merged perfectly with her design sensibilites. The slower and more experimental pace of hand-printing repeat patterns presented great surprises and opportunities to accept the “imperfections” inherent in the process. She now works with textiles using not only block-printing processes but also silkscreen, digital design, and Cyanotype techniques and more recently bag-making and slow stitching. She loves being a member of the vibrant BARN community’s creativity!

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