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Block Printing Workshop with Karin Mansberg 06.15 + 06.22

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Block Printing Workshop with Karin Mansberg 06.15 + 06.22

from 35.00

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Learn the Art of Block Printing from Karin Mansberg of BLOCKPrintedArt in this TWO PART intensive workshop!

  • End Product: Your own Block Printed Fabric
  • Dates + Times: Thursday 6/15/17 from 6PM - 8PM // Thursday 6/22/17 from 6PM - 8PM
  • Skill Level: No previous skill required
  • Materials + Supplies: Provided by BLOCKPrintedArt and Workspace Collective
  • Location: Workspace Collective - 287 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810
  • Parking: Patriot Garage, Bardo Garage, Street Parking (free after 5:30PM)

Woodblock printing is a traditional method used for printing fabric. Printing fabric with wooden blocks was and still is popular in many parts of Asia. Dutch merchants brought block printed fabric from Asia to Western Europe in 16th century. In Russia, that culturally and politically had many ties to Asia, block printing fabric was know and widely practiced for decorating frocks, head scarves, and other fabric items until 18th-19th century (the first examples of wooden block prints found in Russia date back to the 10th century).

For PART ONE (6/15/17) of this workshop, the founder and designer behind BLOCKPrintedArt, Karin Mansberg, will lead you through the process of creating your own uniquely cut rubber blocks with linoleum cutting tools to prepare for use in the following class. Every participant will take away form this workshop their own print block

For PART TWO (6/22/17) of this workshop, Karin will walk you through the basics of making simple repeat patterns for designing fabric through Block Printing. Every participant will take away form this workshop their own piece of block printed fabric.


About the Designer:

Karin Mansberg is a self-taught fabric designer. After the graduation from the Western Connecticut State University’s MFA Illustration program in 2013, she started designing hand printed fabric under the label BLOCKprintedArt. Karin likes to design tote bags, scarves, and home accessories with her hand printed fabric. She often uses up-cycled denim and other materials such as zippers, cords and buttons. Besides designing fabric she also likes to make relief prints and illustrate stories. Her prints and drawings explore connections between observed, remembered, and imagined. She prints on fabric and paper, alternating controlled, designed marks with spontaneous processes of such as monotype, collage, and drawing with blindly picked selection of pencils. She studied Art History and Criticism in the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn, Estonia (1996-99), which was a time she indulged in theoretical understanding of art. However, she has realized she enjoys hands-on experiences in art and likes teaching block printing to both children and adults.