Tutor/ July 2016
This sold out workshop Sometimes a textile printmaker’s worst nightmare is a mixed-fibre fabric. Students learnt the exciting possibilities of polycotton fabrics - different ways of colouring synthetic threads by painting, screen printing and collaging with specific dyes. They also learnt how to manipulate the very structure of the fabric by completely burning away cotton fibres through screen printing.
Tutor / February 2016
In this masterclass members explored fibres and experimented with hand dyeing and screen-printing processes to add or take away colour. Participants learnt how cottons take colour differently to silk and discovered the importance of creating the right conditions for different fabrics to achieve colourful and durable results.
During this masterclass, participants created a series of dyed fabric swatches, some of which they developed further with screen-printing processes that remove or changed the dyed colour.
Support Tutor / September 2012
Since 2012 the project has begun to use workshops to inspire consumers and designers to engage with materials - towards closed-loop thinking and action - with an approach Rebecca call ‘Fast reFashion’. Referencing the speed of high street trends, but here drawing people back to their wardrobes or a second hand shop for the garment that will begin the fashion process – the material and the personal transformation. The approach was first tested at the Black Hack workshop (Chelsea, September 2012), where 10 TFRC researchers were invited to join Rebecca to design and execute a heat photogram overprint for a polyester garment, using the college heat press.