When I was in London last month, I was invited to a screen printing workshop held by the lovely Clarissa Hulse. Clarissa is a textile designer who specialises in home accessories, wallpapers and fabrics. Inspired by colour, her designs are often taken from the nature around her (if you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that she posts inspirations daily) and her style is eclectic and completely individual.
Her studio and shop is in Islington (what a lovely part of London!) and I made my way across the city one morning. There were only a small number of us attending the workshop, which meant it had quite a personal feel.
Firstly, Clarissa talked us through the process of screen printing and told us a little about where she gets her inspiration from. We then watched as she demonstrated what we needed to do and she produced a lovely cushion with colours chosen by a member of her team.
We each chose a fabric for the front of our cushions, a contrasting fabric for the back, a design and paint colour. I chose to make a maroon cushion, with a turquoise back and turquoise paint. There were many prints to choose from, but I stuck with a small floral design that had caught my eye as soon as I saw it.
Clarissa explained that we could do an ombré design if we wanted or print onto the fabric with two different paints, but I went for the simpler option of just using one paint colour as I felt it would look better on my cushion.
We then printed onto our fabrics, with her team giving us a hand so we did it properly and literally watched the paint dry for a minute or so. Once it was dry to the touch, we hung the cushions up to dry further, ready for them to be sent off and sewn.
A couple of weeks later, my cushion arrived, all ready and looking great. The best part of doing the workshop was that I had something pretty that I had made to decorate my home with.
I had such fun at the workshop and, although I’ve never tried screen printing before, I’d definitely like to have another go at it. And now I have another cushion to add to my collection at home.