Monday, March 10, 2008

GET SCHOOLED: fabric printing with gunnel hag

A couple of people sent this listing along & it was posted on Akimbo. Exciting craft news indeed!

Fabric Printing Workshops with Gunnel Hag

Learn a new skill and create your own printed and dyed cloth.

Discover a world of fabric printing using the power of colour to mix
the specific hues you want.

Participate in intensive one and two day workshops in a fully equipped textile studio.

All workshops take place at the Colour Vie Studio: 222 Symington Ave., Toronto | 416-532-7435 | e-mail:

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Call early to reserve your space

“Creating Texture on Fabric”
Sat. March 15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore visual texture while brushing, sponging, rubbing and using Gunnel’s unique techniques of ‘taking away’ and ‘scraping’ to create original fabrics.
$75 (+GST)

“Screen Printing on Fabric 101”
Sat. March 29: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Interested in home decorating, quilting and/or fashion. If you want a specific colour combination and imagery on your fabric, then this system of printing is for you. Learn how to create simple motifs as well as fabrics with repeating images.
Workshop includes one silk screen.
$95 (+ GST)

“Glorious Fat Quarters for Quilters”
Sat. April 5: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Use any imaginable colour combinations to create brilliant or subtle sky, land and seascapes. Learn how to dye with pigments, creating interesting textures. No messy chemicals, no odours, no need to leave the fabric in the “dye bath”. What you see is what you get …and it’s great!
$75 (+GST)

“Screen Printing on Fabric 201”
Sat. April 12: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun. April 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Do you want to print fabrics with fine or detailed imagery? In this two-day workshop you will learn a variety of techniques for creating artwork on acetate, which you will then use to make a permanent photo emulsion screen. Wash and reuse your screen, and create countless colour combinations. Prerequisite: Screen Printing on Fabric 101 or equivalent.
Workshop includes: acetates and emulsion used in class, and one silkscreen.
$190 (+GST)

"Add and Subtract: Discharge Printing Made Easy"
Sat. April 19: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In this workshop you will use bleach and pigments to produce exciting one-of-a-kind fabrics. Learn in-depth techniques for tied, clamped and pole wrap resists. Explore immersion discharge and direct application discharge using stamps and resists.
Bring 3 - 4 yards of black 100% cotton fabric.
$75 (+GST)

"Create Your Own Fabric"
Sat. May 3: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn to see patterns in everyday objects and to turn them into exquisite fabrics. While painting, brushing, sponging, rubbing and using Gunnel's unique techniques of 'taking away' and 'scraping' , you will explore visual texture.
$75 (+GST)

“Glorious Colour for Quilters - and More”
Sun. May 11: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A full array of colour can be mixed with the three primaries enabling you to use any imaginable colour combinations to create brilliant or subtle textures. Produce soft imagery with depth and interest by spraying and learn the intriguing aspects of pigment dyeing.
$75 (+GST)

“Words and Images on Fabric - Funky T-towels: More Than Monograms”
Sat. May 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn how to create your own stamps and stencils (and how best to use the store bought ones). Then print, paint and stencil personalized tea towels, napkins, place mats or any fabrics.
$75 (+GST)

“Print Your Garden and More”
Sat. June 21: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ever wanted to bring your garden indoors? Learn how to create prints from actual leaves and plants. “Grow” them on your cloth in splendid colour. Print pillow cases, napkins, scarves, clothing, you name it. Also: learn how to create stunning backgrounds for your floral creations.
Bring some leaves with good veins.
$75 (+GST)

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Cash or Cheques

All workshops include Colour Vie Pigment System used in class (as well as tips on how to set up your own studio space at home)

Cancellation Policy:

If the workshop is cancelled (insufficient attendance) you will get a full refund or a credit towards another workshop. If you must cancel for personal reasons, refunds or credits are given only if you contact us by phone or in writing 7 days before the date of the workshop.

About Gunnel Hag ...

Gunnel is an enthusiastic, innovative and creative teacher.

Her studio, Colour Vie, produces printed and dyed fabrics for film and theatre companies in Canada and the U.S.

She taught for 12 years in the Textile Studio at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and has been a visiting lecturer at the NationalInstitute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.

Her clothing and interior fabrics have been represented at International Design exhibitions and she has received many grants and awards for her work

Gunnel has recently published two new instructional books: “Creating Texture” and “Creating Texture: Soft Textures” available directly from Colour Vie.

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