Sunday, 28 July 2013

Making Explorations at South Block - Meg Held workshop - block printing

Making Explorations is a new project, set up to encourage cross-cultural craft technique and research. The  first exhibition and workshop series focuses on skills from across the Commonwealth, utilised by Glasgow-based makers.

The exhibition is at South Block, and a number of free workshops are running this weekend to coincide with the Merchant City Festival. 

I took part in the Block Printing workshop with Meg Held.

Meg uses the traditional practice of block printing to design and create vibrant hand printed, ethically considered fabrics.The blocks are made from reclaimed wood found both rurally and in the city.The surfaces of some blocks are hand carved and some are left solid creating a variety of textures and marks when printed. The fabrics produced are used to update existing pieces of furniture creating sustainable and unique pieces of design which offer a hand crafted alternative to products found on the high street.

I thoroughly enjoyed using block printing to create bright, lively and unique designs, which, after sample printing on paper, I printed onto a canvas tote bag.

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