Yesterday I started my first evening/short course at uni - in Pattern & Fabric Printing - and I LOVED it! I've been wanting to do this particular course for a while, as I spoke about at Christmas, and just the first evening was great.
Having the course at uni was obviously easier actually getting there, and I felt more comfortable knowing my way around - especially as my particular course is in my old first year studio! We got straight into it and started discussing fabrics and inks, how to mix pigment colours and how to tell a good printing fabric from others... We talked a lot about what the course will entail, and after a few weeks of learning techniques and experimenting we get our own "project" and can create whatever we wish!
I love how open the course is: It feels great to take a few hours out each week to still be creative and learn a new skill, but to just enjoy it and not worry about criteria. It was also really refreshing to be with a whole new group of people! All different ages, all different backgrounds, and all hoping to get something different from the course. It's so encouraging to start something new and take some time "off".
Ailsa Wilson is the surface design that runs the course. She is super welcoming and it's great working with someone outside of uni that is in the industry. As her day job, she's got plenty of at-home tips which is really encouraging as a student wanting to start in this area.
One of things I liked most, was her method to reuse found objects for printing! I love incorporating textures into my work and adding it to block colours, and Ailsa showed us an easy cost effective method: Plenty of packaging and everyday objects and foods have great surfaces, so take a rubbing or fill it with plaster and hey presto! there's a stamp!
At first, I thought of linking this course directly with my degree, but after the first evening I'm thinking of just crossing over techniques. I really enjoyed keeping it separate and just having fun with the work, as we just played with stamps and colours to get a feel for the printing. I will definitely do more at-home printing now I know how, and I can't wait to see what comes out of the next ten weeks!