Screenprint: Tess to Toiles 3

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As a continuous and fluid surface with unlimited potential for use, cloth is a perfect vehicle to carry the movement of repeated imagery in space. Pattern - as a compelling visual form and a framework for holding meaning - is the focus of this silkscreen course. Students study design strategies and the principles of symmetry to create different kinds of repeat patterns such as tessellations. Compositional factors including the impact of scale, the variable results of different color ways, and the use of opacity and translucency in printing will be examined. Students learn the properties of different stencil media, the techniques of hand drawn or cut stencils, the manipulation of color separation, and the skills of proper registration. Using pattern found in nature and historical genres such as the French printed toiles of the eighteenth century as source material, students design and print lengths of cloth that can be used for fashion or interiors.