My love of vintage fabrics has followed me since I first unearthed a pair of 1950s barkcloth curtains at a jumble sale and stitched them up into dress, and then later discovered sweet fifties and sixties cotton print frocks peeking out of the rails of my local ramshackle charity shop. It was pure glee at first sight.
My other passion has been printmaking which I have been lucky enough to explore under the expert tuition of the talented tutors at the City Lit. Last year I combined these to launch vintage inspired fabric printing workshops at my Sprout exhibition.
My vintage inspired fabric printing workshops aim to give people the opportunity to explore and handle vintage fabrics and to delve into my library of mid-century textile designers. Taking inspiration from these, participants can then design their own images for hand printing.
Sneak peek at some of my books
Participants will create lino blocks for printing from their designs and using non-toxic textile inks, create a repeat pattern using their blocks or in combination with readymade printing blocks. At the end of the workshop, everyone will have created their own handprinted vintage inspired fabric suitable for making up into a cushion, bag, lampshade or even a pinny.
If you've been inspired by the recent exhibitions of Lucienne Day's work at the Pallant House Gallery, the Horrockses dresses at the Fashion & Textile Museum and the sixtieth anniversary of the Festival of Britain, vintage inspired fabric printing might be just the thing for you this summer!
Lucienne and Robin Day at Pallant House Gallery
No previous experience is needed, and in small groups you will have one-to-one tuition to guide you through each stage. Have a look at my past workshops to see what can be created by people using lino printing for the first time!
The next workshops are in July at CraftyPint North and the We Make London pop-up boutique. At longer workshops, participants can create their own designs and print a large piece of fabric. At the shorter sessions, ready made blocks are available to create your own fifties inspired fabric. I'm really looking forward to seeing what people create at them.
Lucienne Day at Pallant House Gallery