Day Two at Tessuti Print Studio

where to start for yesterday – have done so much I wonder how I fill my time at home in Kinross! Arrived at the studio to a lovely cup of Earl Grey and then began by helping steam the  screen printed fabric from Tuesday. Here I am helping to remove the pieces after steaming

I then attached the new print jobs to the table ~ beautiful lambswool knits ready to be printed.  Fiona also shared with me her secrets to successful dyeing of lengths of fabric ~ I helped with the process mixing up the colours again and dyeing 2 different colours of silk which we will be printing today.

Here I am about to print ~ I have to say that my screen printing technique is improving each day  thanks to Fionas’ guidance ~ with each print Fiona holds the screen and watches my every move (pull of the squeegee )- it works though and I did find by the end of the day that I’d really improved.

Building layers of pattern with different discharge dye pastes was how I created the designs for my SDC project ~ I love doing this kind of printing

matching nail varnish to the dye


these will be ready to go into the steamer tomorrow  ~ then they are washed and ironed and ready for their labels

before and afters but still not finished …..

Finally at the end of the day we removed the backing cloth from the print table ~ it would make awesome fabric to create with.  We prepped the table and are ready to put the clean cloth down today ~ another new  skill learned

It was a very busy day but really rewarding ~ looking forward to printing more today ~ till next time bye for now ….

Tessuti Scotland ~ Printing Studio Edinburgh

On Tuesday I started my placement with Tessuti Scotlands’ Fiona McIntosh – what a first day working in her studio with orders for far and wide and given the task of mixing the discharge dyes – no pressure.  But it was fine the dyes behaved especially the yellow and I was saved.

The print table is huge, a far cry from my little 2.5 metre run in my shed and bears the marks of recent print runs which are lovely in their own right.

Pinning the dyed items to the print table and getting used to beautiful fabrics I’ve not used before

Squeegies ready to print and hundreds of exposed screens full of amazing pattern fill part of the studio

my first day was filled with printing  under Fiona’s guidance and even though I print at college and at home Fiona showed me ways to make printing large quantities easier, cleaner and hopefully faster.

She has patience in abundance trusted me with her very very expensive fabrics – thankfully the printing went well and we managed to get two smaller items steamed before I left. This was great as at college our steaming is done for us – Fiona showed me how to attach the silks, roll and place on the steamer head and into the huge steamer cabinet. All the time answering my questions about the mistakes I make at home when steaming on my cooker top!

Here’s a little peep at the fabric just out of the steamer with Fiona

Will show the before and after pics later – must go now and make my way across Edinburgh – love being back here and excited for today’s round of dyeing, printing and steaming!!!

Kings Road London ~ Anthropologie

Lindsey and I went for a wander down Kings Road and found Anthropologie – what a store!!!!  Dream to have my designs in there one day …………………….. click on images to make bigger

 Anthropologie Kings Road London

all images ©judyscottdesigns2012

my future creative business

Following on from a previous post I am now working on assignment 2 for which I’ve to write a 1,500 – 2,000 word enterprise proposal.  To aid us we are using the brilliant NestaToolkit an interactive resource which helps you plan, build, and start your new creative business.

So what is my creative business idea – well here goes…………….

 to provide  a creative textile base where people can learn create and grow

My idea is to create a studio space where recent textile design graduates can print.  After graduation there are no available spaces for hand screen printing textiles especially using reactive and acid dyes and then to have steaming facilities. The DCA in Dundee has amazing printing facilities for paper printing and although it is possible to print small sizes and quantities of textiles using  acrylic paint and textile binder these don’t have the same handle as fabrics printed the way we’re taught.

So over the week I’ve been studying book one


using this helps you to define the values you’d like your business to embody and develop a mission statement.

My values have been split into sections and have been changed twice this week and will no doubt change again! Choices include the following

AchievementAdvancement and promotion




Challenging problems

Change and variety









Ecological awareness

Economic security




Financial gain






Helping society

Helping other people





Influencing others



Intellectual status


 Job tranquility






Market position

Meaningful work



Personal development

Physical challenge

Power and authority

Public service


Quality of what I take part in




Responsibility and accountability


Supervising others



Self respect


Time freedom



Work life balance

Work under pressure

Work with others

Working alone

Mission Statement – to provide  a creative textile base where people can learn create and grow.

With this in mind I then went on to look at evidence modelling which is intended to help you look at what impact your business may have on the world in terms of enhancing, revival, replacement and backlash.

we now have to look at where we see our SWOT’s!

ok this is tricky 

Now I’m off to design me some fake evidence!!! Got to think where I’d love to see my work/ my studio featured – no doubt about where – off to design

career advice and placements

Over last year I spent a lot of time at the DCA in the print studio helping out with cleaning and tidying I enjoyed being there and meeting printers of many varieties but I already know I’m a good cleaner – now I have to focus.  I’ve approached verbally, two designers I know really well already for a placement, one Im so happy to say has said yes and my other isn’t at the stage of needing someone but Im first on her list should this change.  There is one other designer ( I know her a little) I would love a placement with – I must do this properly with CV and covering letter although I’m so tempted to phone her. I dont hide the fact that I’m 51 and in all these years I haven’t needed a CV.  My career opportunities have always come to me because of my reputation in what I do and how I do it.  So recently I was fortunate to hear Kirsty Miller and Karen Sleith from Dundee University Career Service give a talk on Sourcing and Securing a Placement and how important a CV is to obtaining the ever elusive placement which of course I want to do in printed textiles. In the placement base which is part of Dundee Universities career section, my section Creative Arts, Design and Performing Arts has 50 placements but not one is in fashion, interior and or design for textiles- so we find our own – the fact that they aren’t advertised shows how popular they are and rare.  So fingers crossed and here goes with my CV which should reflect me and my attitude and approach to work, show who I’m connected with and what I could offer – in other words I have to sell myself!