Hi all! I’m super excited for this weekend because tomorrow I’m going to a Surface Printing Workshop with Lotta Jansdotter at her Brooklyn Studio! I only recently discovered Lotta’s work a couple of months ago when I was starting to research hand printing my own fabric, but her style and products resonated with me immediately. I love her simplistic illustration style and color palette and the presence of nature in her work. You can check out her fabric here. She also makes really cute stationary and candles! As you can see, she is a very talented designer and I am so excited to learn from and be inspired by her!
The workshop will cover three different printing techniques that don’t need any fancy equipment, which is great because that means I can continue to print at home, and we will print on a variety of surfaces, like paper, tote bags, etc.
When I first started teaching myself how to sew, I bought “Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens” by Lena Corwin. I read the book cover to cover, taking notes, absorbed in the images of fabric and stationary printed with simple designs, all the while thinking “I could do that!” Since I started sewing, I’ve had the thought of printing my own fabric in the back of my mind, because what I quickly realized was that the thing I love most about sewing is going to the fabric store and looking at all of the different fabrics. So, I started to research textile designers online, read more design blogs and I purchased a couple more books (I’m a girl who loves to read about something and gain as much knowledge as possible before she actually does it). That’s when I discovered Lotta’s work, and while perusing her website, I saw that she offers workshops at her studio in Brooklyn! So, I bought her book, “Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything, from Potatoes to Linoleum,” read through it, fell in love with her designs and ideas, and immediately signed up for the workshop! Ever since, I’ve been counting down the days to November 17th and the day is finally here!
Check back Monday to read all about my experience! I know it’s going to be a so inspiring and that I will walk away with the confidence and knowledge needed to start printing my own fabrics, paper, anything!
Stay Curious! xo…Alane