Wet ‘n’ Wild

Based on the popular course started by Leslie Morgan and Claire Benn at Committed to Cloth, this course will generate excitement about dyeing & printing fabrics.
Looking at dyes, paints, inks, and other media for adding colour and texture to all types of cloth, you will have all the basics you need for working projects on fabrics.
Each session will give you a taster of dyeing and printing techniques helping you to decide what direction you would like to pursue in your own personal textile journey.
The processes covered will include:
All immersion dyeing processes working with Procion MX dyes – the most commonly used dyes for colouring cloth. We will put things in buckets, in trays, and on plastic to see the difference the various levels of immersion give
Screen Printing – a lovely way of working with personal imagery and texture on cloth this will introduce you to using thickened dyes as paints and I will take you through using the screen in easy stages so that you will be fully familiar with the feel of the screen before you need to worry about precision printing!
Resists – we will look at a variety of resists including soy wax – a very easy to use wax which washes out so none of the horrors of ironing and ironing that traditional batique wax uses. Also my personal favourite of flour paste resist which the Japanese have been using to great effect on kimono fabrics for many many years
Make making – using tools to make textural and gestural marks to give an entirely different feel from the very clean printing done with the silk screen
An instruction to using a variety of inks and paints on paper to being to think about ways of experimenting with the huge amount of different media available for us to use
Heat transfer printing – using the heat press to transfer colour from paper to fabric. This is a great way of working with synthetic and transparent fabrics
Paper Lamination – a way of working with paper to create marks on fabrics which can utilise the print surface of different found papers such as newsprint, music, old books, colours from magazines and your own collection of photographs printed out on paper

There are 4 places in the studio for this course as it requires a bit of space. However, if you have space at home, I will help you work out what you need to set yourself up a small print bench and to be able to work all these processes at hoe working with the studio students over Zoom. You don’t need to be based in Eastbourne to do this course!