Along with that workshop, I also took a block printing class with textile designer Charis Birchall. I wasn’t sure what kind of medium we’d be working with when I signed up for the class… but when I got there it became clear – there was a bag of potatoes on the table! Continue reading
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!
While in Vancouver in late September I visited Granville Island and a few really lovely shops. I’ve visited Maiwa Handprints a number of times over the past years and it was a bit different than I remember, but still neat.
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.