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 a paper stencil
paper stencils ready to go
ready to pull the first stencil print
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.