Thursday, 21 January 2010

Screenprinting for Textiles course

This week saw the start of a new adventure for me - a course in Screenprinting for Textiles which is being held at the Regional Print Centre in Wrexham. Fabric printing is something I have been dipping in and out of, having been inspired by the many wonderful individual fabric printers out in the world (more on this in another post). This is a chance for me and others on the course to learn how to research processes and techniques, produce and develop designs and then produce fabric lengths all of which I am really excited about. I will be posting about my progress and other interesting resources over the next few months. The course is run by the Welsh artist and printmaker Steffan Jones-Hughes who runs the Print Centre.

The first evening we were really lucky to have a talk by Alun Evans who collects printed textiles form the 1940's - 1970's. He gave a presentation and also brought along some of his fabulous textile collection. It was exciting to see so many vibrant textiles, sadly from an era when the British textile industry was in full flow.
The above fabric is by one of my favorite designers from this period Lucienne Day and is called Petal. Among the stunning designs that Alun showed us was this one called Treasure Chest:

This next one called Cascade was designed by Evelyn Redgrave for Heals in the 1970's:

Patio by Sonia Dunthorne:

Another one from Alun's stunning fabric collection:

Friday, 8 January 2010

Extra Curricular activities

I enjoy searching for new blogs and ideas and found a new blog before Christmas called Extra Curricular. On the blog I found a magazine/book that Ellie has produced and sent for it from New Zealand. I bought it mainly because it features one of my favourite bloggers, Melissa from Tiny Happy, however, I was really happy to find there were lots of other creative people in the magazine too.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

New Year activities

Happy New Year to Everyone!!! I am ashamed to say it is ages since I have posted on this and my other blog. Time has just flown by and mine seems to have been taken up with finishing off my degree and starting a new part time job. Just before Christmas I sent for these lovely cards from Suzanne of Sakura Snow. There are some still available in her shop and there are two versions of the 'Wolf and Bear in a Wood' card - one with glitter and one without - both have a lovely winter feel about them and I think they could still be sent as cards other than Christmas.

It always feels good this time of year to take out some knitting and the Rowan yarns and patterns that are available are very inviting. This scarf was a free gift when I renewed my Rowan International membership a couple of years ago I decided to start knitting it over Christmas. The colour suits my Mum and this will be a gift for her when it is finished. I thought that perhaps she would want it without the frill but she has decided that she wants it included. My daughter has decided she wants one in a different colour and wants it wider without the frill so I guess I'll be busy for a while!