Layering Pattern with Block and Stencil Print

October 15 - October 16, 2022

Layering Pattern with Block and Stencil Print


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $355
Material Fee: $80

This weekend intensive is a great way to introduce you to printing on textiles or maybe ignite old interests. We will focus on two ancient processes that remain today, stencil silkscreening and blockprinting. Starting right away by carving your own blocks using a soft carve material, we’ll chat about the process and a bit of the history. The remainder of the first day will be spent blockprinting your own textiles and will end by cutting a stencil design that will be the focus for day two. The weekend will be full of printing patterns and exploring colors by measuring repeats and layering tones. Come with your pattern ideas and plenty of fabric. If you are a dyer, get those fabrics ready beforehand! There’s nothing wrong with adding colors to color. Everyone will not only leave with their printed fabrics, but their hand carved blocks and stencil silkscreens to continue printing on their own.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Karin Persan

Karin Persan of Better Than Jam  is a hands on textile designer, fine art screen printer and painter, working from her showroom and studio in Brooklyn, NYC.  She received her BFA in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused in Fiber and Material Studies as well as printmaking, ceramics, figure drawing and photography.  Starting around 2006 she began working under the name “Better Than Jam” where she creates a line of clothing, accessories, and homegoods using her hand dyed and printed textiles.  In early 2010 she opened a boutique of the same name, which grew and then recently downsized into the perfect size located in Brooklyn, NYC where one can visit to take classes and browse her creations. Her studio and teaching style center around and focus on creating works while being eco conscious and as low impact as possible.

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