Exploring Print on Fabric – Ann Smith – January 2018

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On Monday we had an “in house” printing workshop led by Ann Smith. 

Ann started the day with a demonstration of preparing acetate sheets and gelli plates with acrylic paint ready for printing.  We started printing on paper and in the afternoon we printed on various fabrics – cottons, linen, silk and organza.  We used stencils and various mark making tools to make patterns on the printing plates and some people even added their own glitz to bring sparkle to their designs and some started collage.

​Ann was very generous by letting us use her materials which gave us the opportunity of experimenting with different tools and techniques.

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​The day went very quickly and Ann concluded by giving everybody a couple of luggage labels for printing and we were asked  to finish them at home ready for our exhibition in the summer.

For the last 10 minutes we all went round to look at each other’s work and it was interesting to see the choice of colours, some very pale and subtle while others were very bold and bright.  When discussing the individual designs Ann used a card mount to identify sections which could be developed further.  This was a very useful tip which I am sure we will use in the future.
It was fun day – we came hope with loads of paper and fabric designs and we thank Ann very much for leading the day and sharing her knowledge.

Report and photos by Ros

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