Art textiles

Expressive textile printing with Dawn Dupree

Ref: SLW08816

Suitable for all


About this course

Investigate methods of mark-making, colouring, layering, concealing and revealing using a range of silkscreen print processes, including working with dye pastes, discharge, resists and stencils. Develop personal ideas and discover the creative potential of textile print.

Course Description

In this exploration of mark-making and process in printed textile art and design, use a range of silkscreen print processes. Drawing on her a wealth of knowledge, Dawn will introduce various techniques and suggest ways to distort or manipulate these processes.

Through a series of demonstrations and studio work, we will experiment with dye-pastes, discharge, resists and pigments to develop ideas and discover the creative potential of textile print. Initial drawings will be transferred onto silk screens and used in conjunction with photographic stencils and open screen work to produce fabric samples and textile artworks.

You will be encouraged to respond intuitively and develop a personal approach. Group discussion and reflection as well as individual guidance provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and support personal process.

There will be a strong focus on experimentation and you can expect to gain skills and confidence in new working methods. The course aims to empower you to develop initial ideas through process and produce a range of samples or textile art work depending on experience.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of newsprint and tracing paper provided to share.

What students need to bring

  • One A4 or A3 black and white image; photocopied onto tracing paper or acetate. This will be transferred onto a silk screen for printing. It can be from a variety of sources eg. ink drawing, photograph, or text and works best if it is in high contrast.
  • We will also be producing additional drawings/abstract markings using opaque materials onto drafting film to transfer onto silk screens.
  • Apron /rubber gloves
  • Camera to document process
  • Sketchbooks or research material (photos/drawings)
  • A small group of objects for initial inspiration (interesting shapes/textures/patterns)
  • Selection of fabrics which can comprise of different types or weights of cottons, linens, calico - aim for 2-4 metres in total

Available to buy

  • The shop stocks some of the materials required including:
  • Sketchbook/notebook
  • Fabrics, un-dyed cotton /linen/silk
  • The tutor will supply most of the materials/pigments needed, an additional charge of around £30 per student will be payable directly to her to cover the cost of these before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.


Dawn Dupree

Dawn Dupree is a graduate in Fine Art Textiles who works experimentally with textile print processes. Her work is exhibited widely and is included in numerous collections, including the Crafts Council and the V&A Museum.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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