Image: Block Shop Textiles.
Join us on 10 February at 6pm GMT for an evening of Zoom talks on block printing. We will be joined by experts: Dheeraj Chhipa, Barley Roscoe and Hopie Stockman, who will tell us about their adventures in this ancient form of surface design. Following presentations from each speaker we will have time for questions from the audience and discussion between the panel. To join, visit our Talks page and purchase a ticket – joining instructions and the Zoom link will be sent out on the day of the event. A recording will be available to ticket holders afterwards, if you want to watch it at a more convenient time for your timezone!
Image: Block Shop
Dheeraj Chhipa is the 7th generation of block-printing artisans from Bagru, Rajasthan, India. Dheeraj also a qualified textile designer from the Indian Institute of Craft and Design, Jaipur, India. He learnt the craft of Bagru printing, which is a combination of hand-block printing, resist-printing and natural dyeing from his father. He uses the traditional techniques of Fadat, Dabu and Bagru prints which are techniques that are at risk of being lost in this region. While many of the traditional textile printers of Bagru have shifted to screen-printing and pigment printing techniques, Dheeraj continues to use traditional techniques with the belief in sustainability and preservation of the indigenous knowledge systems of the craft practices in India. Watch Dheeraj talk about his work:
Hopie Stockman runs Block Shop Textiles, a sister-run textile studio based in Los Angeles and Jaipur that creates textiles, artwork, and designed spaces. She is equal parts designer and business operations. Hopie studied English literature and painting at Brown University. After five years working in investment research for non-profit institutions, she went to Harvard Business School to learn the building blocks for running a socially responsible business. Together with her sister Lily, she started Block Shop in 2013 with a small collection of scarves in 2013 made in Jaipur, India. Since then, the company has grown into an international lifestyle brand with limited edition collections of scarves, pillows, kantha quilts, hand-woven dhurries, and woodblock prints on handmade paper.
Image: Dheeraj Chhipa.
Barley Roscoe is a consultant curator, writer and lecturer and a member of the BBC Antiques Roadshow team of specialists. For many years she was responsible for the Crafts Study Centre which has an international standing as an important collection and archive of work by 20th century and contemporary British artist-craftspeople, and which has been part of the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham in Surrey since 2000. Roscoe is an Associate of the Museums Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Publications include work on Phyllis Barrron and Dorothy Larcher in The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds by Mary Greensted and, most recently, Ernest Gimson Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect with co-authors Annette Carruthers and Mary Greensted.
For more information visit Block Printing with Dheeraj Chhipa, Barley Roscoe and Hopie & Lily Stockman