Textile Print workshop with Helen Ruth Scarves from HAAN
This two-day workshop invites participants to create a botanical inspired design with the aim to print onto a silk scarf. Throughout the weekend you will develop a basic understanding of how to prepare your own textile design for screen printing together with how to screen print using textile screens and printing ink.
You will begin the weekend drawing, taking inspiration from a series of books and botanical objects. During the workshop you will explore a variety of mark making using various techniques, ultimately creating your own textile design.
You will be taught how to transfer your design onto ‘separations’, following this you will learn how to expose these onto a textile screen.
During the second day you will learn how to mix pigment inks in preparation for printing your own design.
You will be shown how to carry out both screen tests and colour tests using basic calico fabric.
This process will enable you to determine your desired composition and colour palette.
Additionally, you are also invited to create a two or three colourway design through the process of layering imagery prior to printing your final design onto a silk scarf.
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This course will be delivered on campus over Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 - 16:30 each day.
- Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12 in the group
- 12 hours of teaching in total over 2 days. 9:30 - 16:30 each day with a 30 minute lunch break and 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon.
This course is not formally assessed.
Staff Delivering on this Course
Helen Ruth Scarves
Helen Ruth Greensmith, an alumnus of Gray’s School of Art specialises in digitally printed silk and wool scarves that are printed in Glasgow and hand finished in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Helen Ruth Scarves creates hand drawn illustrations which are later converted into digital files. Through this method the designer adds colour and repetition including mirrored imagery. She then combines this process and inserts found imagery and photography to create her intricate and layered prints.
Her designs are inspired by both the wild Scottish landscape and animal life as well as fairy tales and traditional folklore. Each scarf tells its own story communicating a loved tale, an old saying or a personal childhood memory, providing the wearer with an emotional connection to each piece.
HAAN Makers Lounge
HAAN organises pop-up events of creative products from highly original independent designers and makers. Celebrating and showcasing these unique small businesses and independents in stunning locations including Aberdeen Art Gallery. The variety of high-quality and original products includes jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustration, apparel, homeware and lifestyle products.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
This workshop is suitable for beginners.
All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.
For Academic Year 2022/2023
Course fee: £160 per person
The fee is to be paid as part of sign up process and prior to workshop date.
After completing the registration form, you will be directed to the payment page. Your place on the course is not confirmed until payment has been received. If you have any difficulties locating the payment link or if you have registered for this course but have not completed the payment form, please contact us for a direct link to pay which will bypass registration.
Essential core materials are provided.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, however participants should bring their own lunch as most catering outlets on campus are closed during the weekend.
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
If minimum participant numbers for this course are not met, the course will be cancelled and participants will receive a full refund.
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