Workshops and Events

Madhu – Wood Block Printing Workshop

Sunday 1st October


Queen Street Mill, Harle Syke, Briercliffe, Burnley BB10 2HX

FREE drop in workshop

In this workshop, learn the technique of block printing on textiles. Participants will learn to use hand carved wood blocks to create a pattern and transfer the design on to piece of cotton Calico. All materials will be provided for the workshop. Artist, Madhu will guide you through the process of block printing, creating a pattern on to square of cotton calico. Participants are also welcome to bring their own item to print (any light coloured cotton/linen item is suitable, popular choice is tote bags, T-shirts or old clothing).

Wood Block Printing 

Block printing is an ancient textile printing practice still in use in Indian subcontinent. Hard wood such as Sheesham (Rose wood) is carved to a design, then dipped into an ink pad to make a print on the cotton cloth.  Madhu has been researching into painted and printed Indian textiles in the Lancashire Museum collections. Her research in textiles lead her to enquire into textile printing history in Lancashire.

About Madhu

Madhu is a visual artist based in Peterborough. Her practice includes drawing, painting and textile works. As artist and a woman of Indian heritage, her work draws on traditions, materials and processes from her roots. More recently she has been exploring hidden histories of textiles supported by a grant from Arts Council of England. She is one of the artists selected for the Lancashire textile and British Textile Biennial, where she is exploring the influence of Indian subcontinent on fashion and textile practices associated with Lancashire textile heritage.