All images, Rose de Borman for The New Craftsmen.
Rose makes one-off silk textiles using a unique process combining hand painting with dyes and silk screen printing which are sold direct to private clients or through The New Craftsmen. Living and working in Tottenham, North London, Rose spends time on the Tottenham marshes which inspire a lot of her imagery. Her style evokes the naïve charm of folk art with an arresting complexity of colour and design.
Rose has been working as a freelance textile designer since 2006 when she won the prestigious Texprint award for her printed silk textiles. Her portfolio has spanned fashioned houses, album covers and interiors, to name just a few. While also teaching textiles and ceramics at universities, schools and adults with learning difficulties at her studio in Tottenham. Alongside her work as a textile designer, she is studying at the Royal Drawing School.
In the workshop, Rose will lead attendees through creating their own original silk handkerchief using the polychromatic printing technique of painting onto silk screens, which prints a one-off hand painted image onto silk.
Rose will also show how to make a range of marks using a brush, dyes and blocking areas out with simple paper stencils. There will be a chance to draw a still life that can be printed onto silk, with the guidance of Rose’s expert drawing skills. The designs will be steamed and washed out ready to take home.
Paint Your Own Silk Handkerchief with Rose de Borman, for more information and to book, visit Selvedge Workshops.For further reading on silk, Selvedge Issue 91 Luxe focuses on the history of this luxury fabric, from its Chinese origins, along the Silk Road through Uzbekistan all the way to Europe.