Image: Peoniez/Peony,© Bill Morton & Natalie Gerber Studio.
Natalie's textile career began at The Natal Technikon in Durban, South Africa, studying on the Fashion Design program. After immigrating to Canada her interests in textiles and design developed while studying at The Alberta University of the Arts, formerly known as Alberta College of Art + Design. Natalie earned a BFA Degree (with Distinction) in Fibre/Textiles in 2003, and later in 2007, a post-graduate Certificate in Creative Pattern Cutting for the Fashion Industry, from the London College of Fashion in London (England).
Image: BRUSHd: Geometric, © Natalie Gerber Studio.
To create the silkscreen fabrics, the design process begins with a detailed sketch, mark or line drawing and the art work is then transferred to the computer to be engineered into a continuous pattern repeat. Before printing to transparency art work is separated into layers, for each colour and each layer is applied to a single screen.
Image: colour exploration, © Natalie Gerber Studio.
Natalie Gerber Studio uses a water-based pigment printing system that is low in VOC’s and does not contain PVC or Phthalates and it does not require the use of solvents or harsh chemicals during clean up. The studio is proud to use a wash out filter that keeps excess pigment waste from entering the waste water system. At a time when the textile industry is under pressure to find more sustainable production methods, Gerber sets an example as an environmentally conscious textile business.
Image: floralz: peoniez, Natalie Gerber Studio © @kenheinbecker
Printing on fabric is achieved by moving pigment across the screen, back and forth from lead to assistant printer, using a squeegee. The method used is rooted in a long-standing tradition of hand printing textiles.
Image: printing in process © Natalie Gerber Studio.
The Studio uses a variety of natural and organic fabrics sourced within Canada and North America, and additionally provides a range of GOTS* and Oeko-Tex* certified fabrics.
Studios such as Natalie Gerber's provide unique, artist driven prints, consciously made.
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