Here is my final day placement with Fiona at her studio – what an amazing week I had. I learned things you could never learn in the college studio and being in a real life studio really is the way to learn ~ here are just some of the things which were great hands on experience.
How to attach a new backing cloth to the print table.
Working out orders received and the printing order ~ which dyes to mix so that colours can be used all together without wastage and keeping the dye fresh.
Making use of the huge print table by placing the silk and wool fabrics so colours and designs can be done at the same time.
Most definitely NOTHING goes on the print table ~ dyes, squeegees, drinks etc etc, although at one point I did have to climb on the table to hold the screen whilst printing!!
That however careful you are, unidentified marks still appear – the joys of hand screen printing.
How to attach fabric to the backing cloth and steam fabric correctly.
Fionas’ special recipes for mixing dyes and discharge dyes with extra special ingredients!!!
I learned you don’t need to ‘work out’ if you’re doing full time printing.
I need to grow or have a plinth created for me around the table!!!
Fiona has been amazing allowing me to work along-side her and share her working life for a week – its really hard work and for anyone who thinks being a textile designer is easy they should work with Fiona for a week as she multi tasks between screen printing, running Concrete Wardrobe which she co-owns with James and fitting in trade fairs around the world to market herself and local design markets to sell to the public.
Its been another amazing experience and if anything it has made me want to be a designer maker even more ~ thank you Fiona for your patience, making me feel at home, teaching me so much, allowing me to print under your expert guidance and for the laughs too. Hope I get to come back one day – Judy