Silk and Lazertran workshop 11th January 2012

On the 11th January myself and Amber Khokhar (freelance artist) visited Aaina Women’s Group and West Hampstead Elderly Asian Women’s Group to kick start the New Year with a creative art workshop experimenting with Lazertran paper, silk, silk paints and fabric paints.

For this workshop I printed out some Delft tiles depicting typically Dutch images of windmills, clogs and ships onto Lazertran transfer paper. Workshop participants then selected a tile design and transferred the image onto silk by ironing the transfer onto the silk and then wetting and peeling off the backing paper from the Lazertran. After this process participants were left with a piece of silk with the image of the Delft tile on it. Participants then sketched designs to embellish their pieces of silk, taking inspiration from the Wallace Collection’s Dutch paintings and used silk paints and fabric paints to apply their designs onto the silk squares.

This was a really fun workshop and participants enjoyed learning how to use the Lazertran, silk paints and fabric paints and particularly liked the instant and visually exciting effects of the Lazertran.

We planned and delivered this workshop due to the fact that participants will be working on silk for their exhibition and will be using the same process to create their own artwork.  We therefore wanted participants to experiment with using the Lazertran, silk paints and fabric paints before planning their final exhibition pieces so they could experience the types of techniques, motifs and materials they could incorporate into their artwork.

Here are some pictures of the workshop participants busy at work and the silk squares they produced.


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