Block Printing with Dheeraj Chhipa, Barley Roscoe and Hopie & Lily Stockman
Block Printing talk with Dheeraj Chhipa, Barley Roscoe and Hopie Stockman
With the skills of block printing makers, designers and experts, marvel at the vivid textiles created by the art of block printing.
Hopie 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 nonprofit institutions, she went to Harvard Business School. At Harvard, she learned the building blocks for running a socially responsible business. She always felt the pull of a more creative life, and dreamed of getting back to her roots of making art. So she and her sister Lily started Block Shop out of their living rooms as grad students.
Block Shop started with a small collection of scarves in 2013 made in Jaipur, India, with the goal of supporting and celebrating the Indian hand block printing tradition. They quickly amassed a devoted following for their iconic Bauhaus-inspired designs and transparent production process, and have since grown into an international lifestyle brand with limited edition collections of scarves, pillows, kantha quilts, hand-woven dhurries, and woodblock prints on handmade paper.
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.
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.
Having graduated from Bristol University with a Combined Honours Arts Degree Barley went on to study woven and printed textiles at West Surrey College of Art & Design. Subsequently, she established the Crafts Study Centre within the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath where she became Director, and was awarded an MBE for her work there. She 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.
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