Saturday 2 October 2021, Block Printing, Virtual Workshop with with Louisa Loakes
Saturday 2 October 2021, 11am-5pm BST (British Summer Time, London, UK)
Virtual Workshop, hosted on Zoom by Louisa Loakes
Louisa’s work blends elements from her fine art practice and her intuitive approach to textiles. During her time studying at Wimbledon School of Art, Louisa developed a particular interest in Abstract painting, which continues to ground and guide her work across a range of mediums.
Working from her studio in Peckham, Louisa’s practice is focused on the beautifully simple, slow art of hand-carved block printing. Having spent many years researching the craft, she draws particular inspiration from the processes involved in traditional Indian block printing, and her practice interweaves Eastern folk art traditions with forms and patterns familiar to western languages of abstraction. As a self-taught block printer, she approaches fabric like a painting - or one of her charcoal drawings - creating delicate, twisting patterns that repeat themselves across its surface. Distinctive in their simple use of geometric form, monochromatic palette and signature dash of hand-painted colour, Louisa’s hand-carved block printed patterns are charged with a human touch, the irregularities that appear in the printing process giving each piece a distinct energy and identity.
Louisa’s current collection of textiles, including quilts, cushions and bags, can be found at The New Craftsman in Mayfair and at Louise Loakes. Her website and Instagram are also regularly updated with current projects, more information about her studio practice, and upcoming workshops.
Outline of the workshop
In this online workshop Louisa Loakes will guide you through the basic techniques of block printing. You will have the chance to carve your own linoleum block design, which you will use to explore and develop your own pattern repeat. You will come away from the session with knowledge of the fabrics and inks involved in the block printing process and a length of your very own hand block printed design onto a natural linen fabric.
Prior to the workshop you will receive a block printing materials pack containing all you will need for the session.
Materials and equipment you will need at your home in addition to the block printing materials pack:
- Access to a computer with a camera and audio.
- A sturdy table which has an even surface for printing on.
- An old blanket and old sheet to cover the table when printing.
- An old plate or take away lid for your ink
- Pencil & Scissors
- An Apron (optional)
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, email@example.com.
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