Earlier this month I was invited to attend a screen printing workshop at Caversham Textiles here in the KZN Midlands, and I can’t even tell you how wonderful it was to spend a kid-free Saturday filling up my creativity tank with some hands-on creative work!
I first discovered Caversham Textiles around this time two years ago (read blog post here) and have continued to admire their beautiful work via FB and Insties since – I knew everything was “hand printed” but admittedly didn’t realise the full extent of the process behind creating the beautiful textile prints they produce…
The workshop, run by Sales, Design And Marketing Director, Sally Scott is a great intro into the basics of screen printing, but it also gave me insight into how the team a Caversham Textiles bring their beautiful designs to life.
The studio is part of the same premises occupied by The Caversham Press (a professional collaborative printmaking studio run by Sally’s dad, Malcolm Christian) and it is the perfect mix of spacious and cosy. I loved hanging out in the light and airy screen printing room where the main part of the workshop took place, but also spying out the various printing machines and work spaces in the printmaking area, that clearly hold a lot of history for the family and organisation itself.
At the workshop, we learned how to prepare our workspace and tools; use stencils to create our preferred designs (stencils are supplied, or you can create your own like I did); we explored colour through mixing pigments and paint; and of course, we were shown how to do the actual screen printing part, and how to finish off and ‘set’ our prints – there was much experimenting, things dont always turn out as planned or desired BUT the whole point of the day is to break out of your shell and PLAY! Either way, you walk away at the end of the day with a beautiful tea towel and memories of a thoroughly enjoyable day.
All pics in this post were taken by me. This is not a sponsored post, I just like to showcase local brands that I love.