Screenprinting with Natural Dyes with Jacqui Symons
Sun 18 September £120
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
An introduction to screenprinting onto fabric using natural dyes, this one-day course will show participants how to use plant-based colour to create simple yet beautiful screenprinted textiles. You will learn how to create and mix colour from both plant material and dye extracts, how to mix these into screenprinting pastes and how to expand the range of colours and tones within your screenprints using colour modifiers.
We’ll also briefly explore screenprinting with mordants prior to dyeing which allows for a range of tones and pattern to be produced in a single dye pot. During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with layering, colour and shape, using paper stencils to create your own designs and print them onto various textiles.
The emphasis is on experimentation and play – no experience of screenprinting is necessary as the tutor will guide you through all techniques required and how best to use natural colour in your screenprinting work. You’ll finish the day with a collection of screenprinted textile designs and colour samples that can be kept as references or developed into a further project. Screenprinting with plant-based colour is a natural progression on from learning about natural dyeing methods or for those interested in exploring more sustainable techniques within their work.
Tickets include materials, lunch & refreshments.
The Workshop Leader
Jacqui’s practice focuses on multiples and repetitions to explore perception and observation of the surrounding world, encouraging the viewer to approach the familiar in a new and more considered way. She is fascinated by the intricate and the detail, which comes though in all aspects of her work, including printmaking, surface design, installation and sculpture.
Jacqui originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator. With brief forays into event management, film, TV and medical illustration, she soon returned to the arts, developing both her own practice and also working closely with groups to encourage creativity, inclusivity and engagement. She has worked with the arts and health sector for over 10 years both in hospitals and other health environments.
Jacqui lives and works on the edge of Manchester, happily located between the city and the Peak District, which allows her to enjoy both urban and rural environments. Her work has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally, most recently in Hong Kong, Beijing and Canada.