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Creative Block Printing

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Natalie Grambow

$295 [Includes $75 lab fee] Class Limit 12. Nov 8-10 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm

Some of the most famous textiles in the world were created by stamping fabric with wooden blocks. Maiwa works with artisans of three distinct blockprinting traditions: the intense geometric complexity of ajrakh, the folk-art patterns of dabu, and the intricate line-work of kalamkari.

In this workshop students will learn how to create their own blockprints working with fabric paints and a versatile medium known as “speedy-cut.” Students will design and cut their own blocks, learn the techniques to create and register complex patterns with sets of blocks, and experiment with the combination of repeat pattern and embellishment. Students will work on both paper and textiles. A selection of Maiwa’s wooden blocks from India will be made available to students (both to use and for inspiration).

In addition to creating their own blocks, students will explore negative and positive imagery, contrast and texture, and repeat patterning to create different design effects and larger imprints. All materials and supplies for blockprinting will be provided. In addition, participants are invited to bring their own fabrics from home to experiment with.

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Natalie Grambow

Natalie has an extensive background in design, teaching, and textile arts. An accredited Interior Designer, she spent many years in Ottawa working within the architectural design field and teaching Design Theory. Natalie’s first deep exploration of textiles began during her Visual Arts/Photography studies at the University of Ottawa when she experimented with non-silver techniques of transferring photographic imagery onto cloth. She subsequently studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan weavers in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the Textile Arts program at Capilano College in 2001, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence.

Natalie has exhibited her textile art installations in the Lower Mainland, in Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, and on the Sunshine Coast. She has also developed a line of naturally dyed and printed fabrics and has been commissioned by such clients as the City of North Vancouver. Currently living in Roberts Creek, BC, she continues her art practice and studies from her studio. 

Earlier Event: November 7
Noren Exhibition
Later Event: November 15
Elements of Design