I really enjoyed the screen printing process and especially getting my hands dirty. The results were often unpredictable but I liked that. Each print was unique with different textures and strength of colour. For me, the imperfections were beautiful.
Fast forward 20 years and I needed a fix. I can’t remember how I found Home Work but I’m really glad I did. The first workshop I did was fabric dyeing and screen printing with talented textile designer Joanna Fowles. Over three days I learnt so much, met some lovely folks and created (and repurposed) some lovely items of clothing. (See previous post about the wonders of shibori here).
The screen printing element was focused on fabric but I took some paper along too. It was so good to print again and I was really happy with the graphic prints I made.
Soon after the first workshop, I jumped at the chance to do another one. Pattern Play was all about using the existing Home Work patterned screens and creating our own printed fabrics. I enlisted a few friends to come along which made it even more fun. We had a ball and created some brilliant pieces.
There’s something about getting away from the computer and creating something from scratch with your hands. Not only is it liberating to be free from the screen – it’s super fun and inspiring.
I’m getting excited just thinking about creating again, so I’m off to book another workshop!