I remember the art lesson when we lino printed. It was possibly one of the best lessons we had and the process of designing and cutting was deeply satisfying. Over the years I’ve dabbled and always intended to come back to the magic I felt that morning in art.
Luckily for me my friend Zeena Shah treated me to an afternoon of printing and styling to celebrate the launch of her book How to Print Fabric.
After a long couple of days in London going to meetings, press shows and networking stepping through the doors of Town Hall Hotel was like entering an oasis. Originally a Town Hall, the hotel has both rooms, studios and apartments. The Art Deco and Edwardian design have been preserved alongside modern design giving it an air of the opulent Agatha Christies. I’m definitely coming back here for a stay.
We settled into the Corner Room (that light wall!) where Zeena and Lynne of Papermash had created the most beautiful set up for us to work in and style.
We used a project from the book and created a leaf lino cut to print napkins with. I chose a leaf, traced around it and set to work. The satisfaction of carving out a design hadn’t diminished over the years and I loved revealing my leaf as we sat and chatted.
Zeena’s instructions for lino printing and the other techniques she describes in her book are incredibly easy to follow. What I love about it is that everything can be done at your kitchen table and much of it doesn’t require you to rush out and buy a bunch of new kit (sorry).
Milla has already folded over the corners of projects she would like to try her hand at which I really love. Lots of the craft books I have don’t inspire her to make but Zeena’s has really hit the nail on the head.
We used our lino cuts to print napkins using ink pads. I really loved being able to start and finish a project within an afternoon, no rushing, no fussing. I could have easily printed a whole set of napkins ready to gift without a big palaver.
And that’s the essence of How to Print Fabric – great printing techniques, minimal fuss and maximum enjoyment.