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Motif, Design, Block Print & Dye


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)
Motif, Design, Block Print & Dye

With Arounna Kounnoraj

$495 [Includes $100 lab fee] Class Limit 16. Sept 30-Oct 3 (Mon-Thu) 10am-4pm

Join Toronto-based textile designer Arounna Khounnoraj for four full days of design, block carving, printing, and over-dyeing.

In this workshop students will begin with an exploration of form and motif, element, and pattern. Your ideas will be used to plan compositions and repeat patterns that develop your own block prints into a format that works on a field of cloth. You will then transfer your designs onto soft linoleum and carve your own blocks. Using setacolor we will print on fabric and  register a repeat pattern. Once we finish printing you will learn the art of indigo dying and overdye your fabric in natural indigo. Each student will leave with two pieces of completed yardage fabric that can be used for various items, such as a scarf, pillow cover, napkin, or wall hanging. More than just a block printing class, this workshop gives students the confidence to take a textile design from conception to production in a few days using the block print as a medium.

Arounna Khounnoraj is a textile artist and founder of the groundbreaking Bookhou, a multidisciplinary studio that emphasizes natural handmade materials and small production pieces.

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Arounna Kounnoraj

Arounna Khounnoraj is a Canadian artist and maker working in Toronto, where she immigrated with her family from Laos at the age of four. While her education includes a master’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and ceramics, it was through subsequent residencies that she found her current focus in fibre arts. In 2002 she started Bookhou, a multi-disciplinary studio, with her husband, John Booth, where Arounna explores screen printing and a variety of textile techniques such as embroidery and punch needle. She creates objects such as bags, home goods, and textile art.

In addition, Arounna’s passion for creating and belief in the importance of the handmade has allowed her to become one of Canada’s most sought-after mentors and educators working with colleges, workshops, and social media projects.

Arounna’s first book, Punch Needle Workshop: Master The Art Of Rug Hooking Accessories For Your Home, will be released by Chronicle Books in 2019.

Earlier Event: September 28
The Future of Making
Later Event: October 4
Journey Into Indigo