Scandinavian-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric for Garments and Home Furnishings
Move over Marrimekko—make your own Scandinavian-inspired fabric for clothing and home furnishings! The classic repeated block printed look of Scandinavian textiles has long brought color and nature into the home in a fun and playful way. In this three day hands-on course, students will carve Nordic-inspired images and patterns on small linoleum blocks and then use fabric inks to print with their blocks onto a variety of fabrics. Using design elements like mirroring, multi-directional random repeats and single direction patterns, students will use shapes and colors that are inspired by nature and Nordic folk art themes. In addition to block printing, the course will also experiment with the use of natural dyes prior to block printing on fabric. Students will take home several yards of hand-printed fabric to make into garments, table runners or placemats as well as the blocks they have created to continue work at home if desired. Fabrics will include linen, cotton, silk and some synthetics.