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Hand Block Printing with Louisa Loakes

Sat 1 October 2022
10:30 am
- 4:30 pm

The Workshop

Together with Louisa Loakes you will explore each stage of the block printing process onto fabric. You will have a chance to design and carve your own linoleum block and to develop your own block printed pattern repeat.  By the end of the session you will have printed your own length of natural linen fabric to take with you. Louisa gives a creative approach to creating pattern with the block. Suitable for beginners.

Your ticket includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

The Workshop Leader

Louise studied painting in the 1980s and only discovered printmaking when she had finished her degree. Later, when being a ‘practising artist’ actually meant supporting herself with a non-art related full-time job, she decided to learn silkscreen printing at an evening class. This led to the MA Printmaking course at Camberwell where she floundered to some extent but really enjoyed lithography. Later she bought some wood engraving tools and has been working almost exclusively with relief printmaking ever since.

Working from her studio in Peckham, London Louisa’s practice is focused on the beautiful, slow craft of block printing. 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.

Her work has featured in Vogue, ELLE Decoration, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home, selvedge, Livingetc, Period Living, and is regularly stocked at the New Craftsman.

@Louisa Loakes

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