There is always debate about artists who do workshops – is it displacement activity, is it because they aren’t ‘proper’ artists?  I disagree with both these suggestions, there is always something to be learned and nobody can ever claim to know everything even if they are well-versed in a particular field or discipline.  I have been looking forward to this 3 half day course  to screen print and make a lampshade for some time now, and while I have done a fair bit of screen printing at various times over the past 10 years, I am not an expert and there is always something new to be learned.

The course is taking place at Handprinted in Bognor Regis, a new print studio and fabulous shop supplying everything you need for printmaking. (www.handprinted.net)  There were 7 of us this morning all keen to get going and Shirley, the owner of Handprinted greeted us with a warm welcome and coffee – there were even some very yummy Brownies left over from a social event the previous evening!


the studio at Handprinted

The new studio area is well equipped with adjustable trestle print tables, a dedicated textiles bed, photo exposure unit and washout bay all on the spacious mezzanine level of the Handprinted shop/warehouse.  Shirley is an excellent tutor and took time to explain what needed to be done and how clearly before letting us all loose to “do our thing”.  This first 3 hour session was about cutting and printing paper stencils to create the basis for a design on our lampshade.

cutting stencil

cutting a paper stencil


paper stencils ready to go

prepd screen

ready to pull the first stencil print

1st colour


2 tone

2-colour stencil print

So now I have a length of cotton fabric with a 2 colour design printed on it.  Next week we are adding a photo stencil design – exciting!  (Just need to get my next design sorted out).  The final week will see the actual making up of the finished lampshade.  watch this space for my progress.


About paisleypedlar

Artist, Sewist, sometime Cyclist and Arm Chair Activist
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2 Responses to Handprinting!

  1. I know what you mean about those subtle feelings of whether an ‘established artist’ should be taking a workshop. People who question this don’t understand the creative process. Artists are always learning. I think it shows stature, to be open to learning no matter how advanced one is.
    The workshop looks great, have fun.

  2. I totally agree Sarah there is always something to be learned and I think it makes us all the better for that. The workshop was really good fun and I have got to know some lovely people and found a new studio facility where I can go to do the sort of print work I can’t do in my own studio!

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