Last week my daughter and I were lucky enough to attend a Screen Printing Workshop with Australian fabric designer, Saffron Craig. I was wanting to explore the process of screen printing and I've long admired Saffron's beautiful fabrics, so the workshop sounded perfect.
And it was!!! Saffron started the day by showing us some of her fabrics and talking about the design process. Impatient as I was to start printing, it was fascinating hearing first hand how she approaches fabric design, seeing her favourite fabrics and hearing behind the scenes info. Oh, and to be able to ask questions.
Although at times we were flat out, it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Saffron is on the left in the photo above, mixing inks for me, with my daughter Tash, from Little Ladybird, on the right.
Thanks, Saffron, for taking pics with my camera!!! Otherwise I'd have very few photos in this blog post.
I'm so glad I followed Saffron's suggestions with the colours. I happily let her mix the inks to get the colours. We were even able to keep the left over mixed inks!!! I purchased a screen and sqeegee. I'm hooked and plan to do more experimenting with screen printing at home.
Tash was most excited, on her birthday, to find out that we would be attending the screen printing workshop. Happy Birthday, Gorgeous Girl!!! I know you had a fab day, too. Where shall we go next birthday?
There were only six of us in the group and we took over the bottom floor of Material Obsession at Drummoyne, in Sydney. Amazingly, I was surrounded by gorgeous fabric, and able leave at the end of the day without any new fabric. It was a different story when I first visited the store earlier in the year.
I'm thrilled with the design I was able to create... with help, of course. I originally wanted to print the mauve flowers, directly on top of the blue. Saffron encouraged me to offset them. I have to admit, I was skeptical as to how it would look. The end result speaks for itself. I love it!!!
Here's my finished fabric. I'm not sure what I'll do with it. I've heat set it and put it through the wash, but I really don't want to cut into it just yet. My original plan was to turn the fabric into a quilt and I may still do that. I've also been thinking of cushions, or maybe a bag. What do you think?
Fun activities always involve some sort of cleanup.
Checking for ink left on the screen.
Tash turned photos into drawings, which she then used to create silhouettes... very creative!!!
They look stunning, especially the ones on the polka dot fabric. Tash is not sure how she'll use her prints, either, but she has several ideas.
Saffron suggested Tash put two of her prints onto my flowers. I love the effect!!! Again, not sure what they'll become, but I'm thinking maybe a canvass or a cushion.
Have you ever sewn with Saffron Craig fabrics? Late last year I made two fabric baskets using Magical Lands. And I have two more of her beautiful fabrics in my stash, just waiting for the right project.
If you are interested in learning screen printing, I can thoroughly recommend a Screen Printing Workshop with Saffron Craig. (No, I'm not being sponsored.) Although based in Sydney, she does workshops in various locations around Australia.
Thanks Mr TMW for my Christmas present! Just wondering how you'll top Saffron's workshop this Christmas?
Edited to add: See the progress made on turning Tash's screen printing into a quilt.