Textile and Paper Marbling Workshop Recap
Last weekend, I hosted our final workshop of 2017! It was an afternoon of Textile Marbling and designing prints on paper with a fabulous group of participants. I was in awe of their creativity and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing each and everyone's design. Today I am going share with you a quick recap and photos of the event at Domain Weho!
It began indoors with linen napkin sets ready to be designed with ink. I pre-dyed about half of the cloth napkins in natural indigo and one set pale pink using avocados as dye. On my part, there was much anticipation and preparation surrounding this event from gathering the perfect linens to sourcing the best materials for marbling as a group.
Once we were all settled in, guests gathered around the table to see a short demo before moving out to the sky lounge terrace.
I didn't think I could be any more excited about the workshop, until I saw the cheese tray designed by the talented, Meg Quinn. Check out her lovely spread all set up in the penthouse kitchen. I love how she uses color, texture and seasonal fruits to create the perfect cheese tray!
Textile Marbling on Linen Napkins
Our workshop covered 2 types of marbling, Ebru marbling with "size" on linen and later marbling on paper with Suminagashi inks. For the textile marbling, We used linen napkins. One was a heavyweight absorbent textured linen, while the other was a smooth finish, suitable for a pocket square.
Please read more to see the amazing results and receive the short list of supplies to use!
WEEKEND RECAP Block Printing in Joshua Tree
Last weekend, I attended a block printing workshop in a remote and beautiful setting in the Joshua Tree, California desert.
I had planned on doing this weekend workshop for quite a while, and this time I got lucky enough to sign-up for the first one of the season. Last weekend's trip out to Joshua Tree, California was largely due to this class offered by Lily and Hopie Stockman of Blockshop textiles! This workshop is described as an immersive day of hand block printing using traditional techniques learned from master printers in India, and it totally was!
Are you ready for a little peak into the hand block printing process? I tried to capture and document some of the magic for you, while staying focused on the creative part of designing an original hand printed textile. Hopefully, you can make it out there to attend too one day soon. Until then you can come along me:)
One of the exciting things about this block printing workshop was that we had the opportunity to use natural indigo dyes. I signed-up not knowing about that and was pleasantly surprised and excited as we watched Lily preparing the dye vat. She explained her process and gave us a lot of good info about keeping a natural vat.
Everyone was excited to see the white cotton scarf with triangular motif going into the dye vat.
To get started with printing, we practiced on paper as our blank canvas.
Exploring the beginning of a wavy pattern.
Then, all of a sudden it was all like eat, sleep, stamp, repeat and we all became block printing machines.
Later, I loved how the indigo blue looked held up against the desert sky. The pale blue color reminds me of Georgia O'Keefe and the open desert skies that she painted in her lifetime. Hopie described the first dip in indigo as a cornflower blue. Next, all of the printed pieces were hanging out to dry.
I did a second printed pattern in black with red ink on a silk scarf and printed more freely.
Side note: I really want to dye my denim shirt that I am wearing too!
Here is the last one that I made after dyeing it in indigo. I find myself wearing this print a lot lately.
It was a beautiful day well-spent out in the dreamy high desert that is Joshua Tree.
Additionally, I find myself valuing more about the experience of creating things in a workshop or studio setting, more than the experience of shopping for things. How about you?
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How Workshops can inspire and spark creativity
Do you ever feel creatively un-inspired? Are you an artist that feels spread to thin from time to time? If so, then I can truly relate to that feeling. I have created this blog, in part, to find a solution to the creative lows we as artists experience when we don't have the time to restore our creativity energy.
At times, I find the solution to the creative lows I feel is through continued education and learning. When we spend time freely building skills or learning a new craft, that is when things begin moving. I would like to share what I recently learned from taking a 1-day class to refresh what I knew about woodworking at Allied Woodshop in Downtown Los Angeles.
Doesn't their wood workshop in DTLA with white walls and large windows look majestic?
Are you ready to find out more about the class? If so, read more to see what you accomplish and take home in their one-day Intro to Woodworking class.
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