Gemma Dunn Printmaking Workshops
Gemma Dunn is a painter and printmaker with a passion for materials and traditional craftsmanship. She is inspired by the texture and colour of old brickwork, battered antique picture frames, handmade discoloured lace, crumbling wood carvings and other such treasures. She says she is also endlessly side-tracked by the finest handiwork of all; the natural world.
Her background is in Product Design with a degree from Loughborough University, but after having her children she decided to follow her passion and pursue fine art as a career. She has acquired her skills through hard work and self directed learning, with the support and guidance of practicing mentors.
Now permanently settled in Salisbury, She works in a variety of media including oils, acrylic painting and linocut printmaking and runs workshops (see below). Website: www.gemmadunnart.co.uk
Block Printing on Fabric
Saturday 1st September 2018 10am to 1pm
Location: Main Gallery, First Floor
Linocut is a relief printmaking process. Material is carved away from a block to leave an image, which is then inked with a brayer and burnished by hand. Linocut is an ideal way to create stamps for printing designs on to paper or fabric.
The 3 hour linocut workshop will include:
-A demonstration of the printmaking process from drawing to printed proof by the artist.
-Step by step guidance and help designing and creating your own lino block from a drawing.
-Proofing and refining your block (test printing).
-Printing your repeat pattern design on to a 50x50cm sample of linen fabric using professional quality washable relief printing inks.
Your fabric sample, lino block and all your own prints will be yours to keep after the workshop. Once dry, the linen can be heat set with an iron and could be used in a further project such as making a cushion/bag/etc. The ink will need time to dry after the workshop, so to prevent smudging I can post your work to you at a later date. The price of the workshop includes enough materials to create and print one lino block on to a sample of fabric. If you would like to make additional prints or lino designs (time permitting) additional materials will be available to purchase during your workshop.
Please note, linocut involves carving by hand and although you do not need perfect coordination, some strength and dexterity is essential (e.g. able to peel potatoes, use a craft knife etc). If you are unsure if this workshop is suitable for you please don’t hesitate to contact the artist to discuss.