Decorating textiles is a global tradition with varying styles and functions. Immerse yourself in the practice of fabric printing and experiment with how to transform textiles with various printmaking and dye techniques. In this introductory workshop, students learn the basics of screen printing and block printing onto fabric. Students create and print their own designs onto fabrics using printmaking inks and Procion dyes. Fabrics are enhanced with reflective foil printing and dye baths to create patterns that sit on the surface and invent images within the woven threads. Students are welcome to bring their own light-colored fabrics: cotton, linen and silk.
Students print with water-based inks on fabric using the screen printing process and Procion dyes via block printing. Students then continue the transformation of their fabric with resist and dye techniques. *Some fabrics are provided.
Through daily demonstrations and active studio time, students learn to print onto fabric both repeat patterns and singular images. Explore and experiment with these different printing approaches within surface design.
Padma Rajendran lives and works in New York and teaches at SUNY Purchase and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has taught workshops at Byrdcliffe Artist Residency, Textile Art Center, Habitat for Artists, and the Neuberger Museum. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.