Anyway - I immediately put my name down when I saw that Carole Waller was to hold this course and I did not become disappointed. We were ten pupils, all of them with some diploma or degree - or on their way to some degree. I do think I was the least "qualified" but interestingly enough the only that had some focus on textiles for clothes. Everybody introduced themselves and Carole paled a bit when I declared that I wanted to go home with a printed silk chiffon for a tunic. It was a four day-course - in practice three and a half and we worked late hours and I loved it. I was particularly interested as we were to use "translucent colours", something I was not aquainted with before. I had only done lino printing on cloth before (45 years ago)- but silk screen printing in my job, when I invented to print chemicals onto paper in a controlled way in iorder to produce complicated disgnostic"test strips" for veterinary medical use something which rendered me a world patent - also some 35 years ago. The funny thing was that the first examples of those prints were done at our kitchen table with my "hobby" sild screen frame that I had wished and got for Christmas!
Very well - I learnt on this course many more ways of producing prints using the frame and I was the only of the students who did not produce a photostencil at site. i reasoned with rationing time- as I will never be able to produce a photo stencil at home - I will anyway be depending on having sombody else to make it - so - I continued to make my paper stencils for printing my chiffon tunic. Having printed a rather bold, "Marimekko"-style pattern in turqoise and yellow, I wanted to soften it up with some grey. Being a bit uncertain of what kind od form to use, Carole suggested bold, wide, daring pbrish strokes all over..... And so I did - large arm movements and it turned out beautiful! I was so happy! I will make a posting when the tunic is made.
|Silk chiffon tunic - still on printing table|