Tied Together: Subversive Bandanas, Textile Screen-print and Dye Lab

Tied Together: Subversive Bandanas, Textile Screen-print and Dye Lab

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Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2868 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

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Tied Together: Subversive Bandanas, Textile Screen-print and Dye Lab

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May 5 through 26, 2022

Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

4-week intensive – Must register for entire session.

Teaching Artist: Dana Wisbar

Ages: 14 and Up

Fee: $125

LESSON DESCRIPTION

Participants in the class will create their own bandanas using analog and digital processes; dying fabric, learning to pin fabric to print tables, make color separations, register their prints, and screen print with dyes and pigments. Emphasis will be designing within a chosen cultural, social, political, intimate, linguistic, or decorative framework; how will this bandana be used, what will it signify, and who will wear it?

Looking at past and current examples of bandanas and bandana use, students will identify several sources of inspiration to draw from. This can take the form of cultural, social, political, or design movements. Can be in the form of color matching, or draw inspiration from past or current bandana designs. Participants will be encouraged to explore a variety of printmaking techniques such as: rubylith, Koh-I-Noor ink, paint pen on duralar, or even utilizing photoshop.

Learning Outcomes

Participants can use dyes, print with pigments, register their prints, pin fabric to print tables, consider basic design principles such as color way, who they are designing for, and use fabric repeat design and screen-print on paper or t-shirts, as well as digital design.

Materials & Setup

  • T-Pins
  • Gloves (green heavy duty ones. These can be shared.)
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • X-acto knife
  • Mylar
  • Koh-I-Noor ink (if student desires to work in this medium)
  • Paint Pens (optional)
  • Thumb Drive (If student desires to work in photoshop)
  • Plastic Yogurt Containers for Pigment (water based pigments can be purchased at Anthem Screen-printing)
  • Baking Soda
  • Soda Ash

Learning Activities

Opening circle, brief lectures on history and techniques, sharing photos of inspiration for the week, as well as sharing what direction you think you’ll be going in your print, critique/sharing final designs, challenges and successes and if your intent changed within the process.

Assessment

Instructor will personally give demonstrations, but also walk around and check student progress and if they are in need of assistance. Weekly check-ins with the group can hopefully catch any struggles students may be having individually or collectively.

Extension

Weekly inspiration sharing will keep students thinking about how they are creating and what they are creating. Instructor will also share her own sources of inspiration. This can be in the form of color ways you like, designs you like, people you admire, news that pertains to your chosen themes.

Instructions/Procedure

Hand-outs in class will include a how-to of quick dye baths, color mixing with procion dyes, and in class lectures will include the do’s and don’t of washing out screens, coating screens, and what not to do to an exposure unit.

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