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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Block printing class May 30

Block printing blocks from Etsy

Block printing blocks from Etsy

As the local A&S (Arts & Science) champion for Montengarde (Calgary) I’m hoping to put together a few A&S related TUA classes over the year at A&S practices and taverns (and some non A&S-related classes too). The first was the Naalbinding class I mentioned previously at May Tavern, and the next is a Block Printing class with Viscountess Morrigan on May 30th, 2016.

You do not need to be a SCA member to attend the class, being held at a private residence for A&S practice. There is no cost to attend. (However if you ARE interested in getting into the SCA, this is a nice low-key way of coming out and meeting some other people involved!)

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Block-printed tote bag

Giving block-printing a try while making a tote bag

Giving block-printing a try while making a tote bag

Before starting on a much bigger project involving block-printing, I wanted to try out the technique with the blocks that I bought from an Etsy seller.  I also wanted to swap out the bright green nylon tote bag I’ve been using to bring stuff to A&S classes and meetings with something that looked-and-felt a little bit more appropriate (even if it’s not actually historically-informed).

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