Saturday May 3, students joined me at the Arlington Center for the Arts to try something new. They printed their own fabric, then created prayer flags or banners.
I gave each student their choice of four small screens to work with. After a brief talk about flags, bunting, and symbols, we got down to the fun of printing.
The students had access to a library of colors but a limited set of images.
|printing through a stencil|
This produced some truly beautiful results, including layers, reverse-prints, and free-form repeats.
|Water-color print-off layered with text|
At the half-way point, we cleaned up, then began to compose. The students used their prints, along with heap of colorful scraps I'd brought, to expand the possibilities.
|a banner for a friend|
Everyone brought unique energy to the day. It was amazing to watch their voices emerge in the course of one afternoon.
|layers and layers|
|working with sheers|
Along the way we shared stories, ideas, and laughs. The class surely could have run another two hours. People left with nearly-finished work, four screens, and a sense of possibility.