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Intermediate Silkscreen: Printing Repeating Patterns on Fabric

  • 17000

This course will introduce the design and registration methods necessary for screenprinting repeating patterns.  We'll go over different types of repeats, creating a jog line, and options for designing by hand or on the computer.  Then we'll get into the technical aspects of registering and printing a repeating pattern on our AS220-sized version of a typical textile printing table.  Each student will be able to design one one-color pattern and print 2 yards of fabric. This class is intended for students that have taken our Intro to Silkscreen class, or who know the basics of the photo-emulsion silkscreen process. 

Supplies to bring to the first class:

If you want to design a pattern by hand

  • drawing/sketching paper
  • opaque drawing media, such as rapidograph pens, sharpie paint pens (not regular sharpies), or india ink and brushes

If you want to design on the computer

  • bring digital images on a flash drive - we have computers at the Printshop with Adobe Creative Suite, and a large format printer for printing out your transparency
  • a laptop to work on, if you have one
  • you can also bring drawings and scan them using the Printshop's scanner and computer

Supplies to bring to the second class:

  • Speedball fabric printing ink
  • 2 yards of muslin or cotton or cotton blend fabric - nothing too stretchy and nothing too fancy
  • clear shipping tape

About the Instructor: Beth Brandon conducted her first experiments with infinity in the studios of Brown University, where she earned a BA in Visual Art in 2004.  More structured investigations followed with an Apprenticeship and Print Fellowship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, where she learned the methods that she teaches in this classBeth is a Key Member at AS220 Industries.  She combines printmaking and digital fabrication processes to create a range of practical objects and amusing situations.

Location and Parking

The AS220 Community Printshop is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island on the 1st floor. The shop's entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way (Martha Street on GPS and computers); the shop's double doors are at the Northwest corner of the building. There is 2 hour metered on street parking available, bring your quarters. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

Important Class Policies 
Please be as respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn and be as on time as possible. If you arrive more than half an hour late we will not be able to teach you what you signed up for. Please plan ahead, it always takes time to find on street parking. 
To cancel your reservation must email at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.

If minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible, thank you for your understanding.

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