Pretty printed prancing period Persian ponies

Painting in some of the details on the silk

Painting in some of the details on the silk

For an A&S night (a SCA evening where we practice Arts & Sciences) one of the local artisans taught  a workshop on block-printing, and let me borrow two of her fabulous wooden blocks – winged horses based of an extant Persian fabric. While the original is woven, the blocks make great look-similar-from-a-distance printed fabric!

(Check out her page “Adventures in Block Printing” on Facebook here, and her original inspiration for this block here.)

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Slag to block printing ink!

While at my friend’s house having the opportunity to work with Madder and Indigo natural dyes, our hostess also demonstrated a method of using slag from an iron forge to make block printing ink (for use on textiles) with linseed oil.

It made me ponder… how many full-time, active smiths would be needed to produce suitable quantities of ink, for a region’s printing industry…?

You can see more of her experiments, processes, and finished goods on Adventures In Block Printing.

Turku Medieval Market – block printing

A chance to try your hand at block printing at the Turku Medieval Market

A chance to try your hand at block printing at the Turku Medieval Market

Today I’ll continue sharing highlights from my visit to the Turku Medieval Market, (Keskiaikaiset markkinat) in Turku, Finland.

A few of the blocks available to play with at the Turku Medieval Market

A few of the blocks available to play with at the Turku Medieval Market

There were a number of vendors at the market, demonstrations, and activities. One of the activities that was set up was the chance for people to try their hand at some block printing.

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