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Screen Printing with Thermochromic Ink Taster


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 7th March 
10.00am - 2.00pm.
Tutor  Augusta Philippou

This introductory session will teach you how to use thermochromic inks, which change in colour after heat is applied. 

Learn how to create a screen and to print onto a range of different surfaces, using your own drawings. 

The session will explore the possibilities of using touch-sensitive ink and its potential as an interactive design element. Observing how the colour can change or disappear when touch/heat is applied to the print. There is no previous experience needed, Augusta will guide you through each step.

At the end of the workshop, you will have the skills and understanding to recreate screen printed thermochromic ink techniques on a range of manipulated papers.

Thermochromic ink demonstration:

Course Structure

  • 10am arrive
  • Welcome to LPW and introduction to the course
  • Tutor introduction showing examples of her own work, briefing on the intended outcomes for the course.
  • Translate art work into designs prepared for screens by either photocopy onto acetate or hand drawn onto drafting film, using the mark-making drawings previously prepared, or adding to them.
  • Work on preparing design
  • Demo: How to coat a screen
  • Demo: Using the exposure unit to burn the image to screen
  • Demo: How to screen print, do’s and don’ts
  • Demo: how to print the thermochromic inks
  • Print onto materials of your choice
  • 2pm Finish the session

About the Tutor

Augusta Philippou studied textiles at Loughborough University (BA) and Nottingham Trent (MA) and specialises in multi-media print an embroidery. She works as both a commercial print and a high-end fashion textiles designer, currently working as a freelancer for Alexander McQueen.

Based in the Midlands, she works as a freelance print tutor for Leicester Print Workshop and a textiles tutor for Loughborough University ‘Textiles Innovation and Design’ BA course. She has also facilitated textiles workshops for people living with Alzheimer’s; observing whether textiles processes and textiles workshops can improve well-being and in an audience.

Her work explores memory, using visual references like stains, imperfections and holes to develop prints. Work also takes inspiration from the natural process of aging, examining the way a surface will alter over time; becoming bleached, weathered and worn away. Textures, like memories, change overtime. Ultimately, she is fascinated by the way that memory can become embedded into the fibres of materials, and her work looks at ways of visualising this concept. website: Instagram: @augusta_philippou

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


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Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


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