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Make your own designs at this screen printing workshop

It’s never too late to learn a new skill, and Suhana Medappa’s screen printing workshop on fabric and paper is a fun way to start. The 90-minute session will get your hands in a colourful mess, but Medappa promises it’ll be interactive, educational and exciting.
A technique in which a mesh (or nylon in this case) is used to transfer ink onto material, except in selected areas, which are blocked by a stencil, tomorrow’s workshop teaches the basics of the art. You are expected to take along a 1.5 to 1.75-long piece of off white cotton or silk to work on. From bird and animal prints, to abstract and florals, Medappa’s designs are unique and contemporary. The colours used are water-based inks, which makes them less toxic. Participants can choose from a preset range of shades and designs. “We stick to bright, light hues as they print better. So expect shades of blue, red, green and yellow,” explains Medappa, who specialised in textile design at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and went on to work with designer Satya Paul in Delhi. In college, she’d experiment in her garage, after visits to what she calls ‘hardcore’ screen printers, specialising in wedding invites in Sultanpet.
Sign up in pairs to learn how to print on cushion covers, gift bags and wrapping paper, next Saturday at the Print in Pairs workshop. On July 25, Print with Pilgrim will have participants showcasing their art on garments made by contemporary women’s brand Pilgrim. Those interested will have to register five days in advance as the style of clothing you choose to print on will be measured and cut into panels based on your dress size. After printing, they will be sent back to Pilgrim to be stitched and returned to your address. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Just enjoy the experience,” she concludes.
`1,650 up. At Austin Town. Details: 900565302
—Rashmi Rajagopal

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