Wednesdays 15th September – 13th October 2021
10:00am – 12:30pm
You’ll be guided through the different textile printing techniques in a step by step way in each session.
The course will cover:
- Heat transfer printing using disperse dyes
- Screen printing onto textiles using blank screens & paper stencils
- Coating & exposing imagery onto screens using photo sensitive emulsion and our UV exposure unit
- Colour mixing and screen printing using textile binder & pigment inks
You’ll be encouraged to develop a range of experimental imagery and build up pattern, shape & colour in layers. The aim is to learn the technical aspects of the processes which you can then use to develop further ideas independently.
What experience do I need?
This course is aimed at complete beginners although those with a prior understanding of the techniques may use the course to develop their skills and gain tutor advice and guidance in a friendly studio environment.
What will I make?
You’ll come away from the course with a range of printed textile samples using the different techniques, approximately A3 in size, which can be used at home for sewing projects or framed as finished artwork on cloth.
Who is my tutor?
Kirstie Williams is a founding member of Leeds Print Workshop. She is a practising designer and printmaker, creating both textile and paper based work. She studied MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art in 2010 and completed a PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Huddersfield in 2014. She is passionate about bringing together a new creative community in Leeds through the running and development of Leeds Print Workshop.
Do I need to bring anything?
Equipment and materials such as screens, squeegees, photo emulsion, a range of pigment ink colours, newsprint paper, cutting mats and knives are all provided.
Small textile samples will be provided to get you started but you will need to bring along fabric for further printing throughout the course. Natural fabrics such as plain cotton or linen are best to screen print onto, whereas synthetics such as polyester or nylon work well for the heat transfer printing method. Your tutor can give you further advice on what fabrics to bring at the first session. We recommend a visit to B&M Fabrics at Leeds Market for a range of inexpensive fabrics.
Our workshops and courses look a little bit different as we ensure safe procedures are in place in light of Coronavirus. The changes we have made include;
- Requesting that students attend the workshop with a mask or face covering
- Hand sanitiser provided on entry
- Shared aprons will not be provided so please bring your own apron or wear old clothes to the workshop
- Fewer participants on courses, or using a larger space in the building where possible for some courses
If I can’t attend can I get a refund?
We will refund you if you cancel no less than 14 days before the start of the first session of the course, after this time no refunds will be issued. Please note Eventbrite’s booking fee is non refundable. By making a booking you are agreeing to our full course terms and conditions which can be found on our website here.
What if the course is cancelled?
We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason (for example, insufficient bookings or if lockdown measures are put back in place). We will endeavour to give at least 7 days notice if the course is cancelled and in the event of cancellation we will, of course, issue you a full refund.
Our aim is to bring printmaking to as many people as possible. By their nature, some printmaking processes involve an amount of physical effort. Leeds Print Workshop is based in a basement studio at Patrick Studios, a bespoke venue for artists operated by East Street Arts. It is fully wheelchair accessible, with a lift, larger than standard doors and disabled toilet facilities. We recognise that everybody’s accessibility needs may differ, therefore please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any concerns you may have before booking. There is one dedicated disabled car parking space to the side of the building on Rider Street.
Please note: we regret that, for safety reasons, only those over the age of 16 will be permitted to undertake the course.