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Contemplating Textile Design: Colour and Composition


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Alex Palmer

Coronavirus Update: This course has been postponed from June 2020 and will be running with reduced numbers and new social distancing, hygiene and safety measures in place [as of 16th June].

An inspiring weekend looking specifically at producing a two-layered screenprinted textiles design. Using your own drawing skills and mark-making techniques, create a multi-directional A3 print, that captures your own personal aesthetic whilst learning about colour and composition.

Creating your own design, learn how to expose it onto a screen and then use it to print onto fabric. Explore a variety of heatpress techniques such as foiling, flocking, puff binder and disperse dyes to embellish designs and introduce different surfaces and textures. Experiment with open screens to look at how to layer designs and colour to produce diverse samples.

Participants will leave the course with a variety of textile samples. 

Course Structure

  • Introduction to the course and discuss the intended outcomes for the weekend.
  • Look at inspiration for textiles designs, regarding composition and colour.
  • Using the art work you have brought along as a starting point, begin to create a multi directional print design to A3 size, consisting of two-layers.
  • Hand draw your design onto acetate, considering the use of line and mark making to create an interesting textural design. Learn to register the two-layers using cross points.
  • Coat large screens, expose finished designs onto the screens using the exposure unit and prepare to print. Mix fabric print pastes in your colour palette using primary colours only.
  • Demonstration of how to print.
  • Practice printing and layering the screens onto calico fabric.
  • Experiment with colours.
  • Demonstration in how foiling/flocking and puff binder is applied to the fabric using the heatpress. Experiment in how these can be applied to your design.
  • Print final samples onto fabric.

About the Tutor

Alex Palmer graduated from Loughborough University in 2010 with a 2:1 BA Honours in Printed Textiles Design. Currently working at De Montfort University in the Printed and Dyeing Textiles department, Alex works closely with students introducing a variety of printing/dyeing techniques to enable the students to further develop their work.

Alex also produces dyed/printed textiles outside of her usual work to keep her inspired and on trend with what is happening in the textiles industry. 

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.


Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

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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