We are excited to have two Surface Design & Printmaking classes coming up this month with Jen Swearington. Learn to create Hand-cut Stencils for Surface Design (June 7-9)  or techniques for Screen Printing on Fabric (June 9–15).
Jen is the founder and chief designer of Jennythreads, a small artisan fashion line based in Asheville, NC, as well as author and illustrator of Printing on Fabric, a comprehensive textile design manual. Her joy in everyday wonder leads her to draw from life; her observational sketches and patterns become textile prints on her Jennythreads apparel, sold in galleries and boutiques nationwide and presented in galleries and exhibitions. Jen has taught at Arrowmont, Penland, UNC Asheville, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. In April 2018, she created a series of innovative papercut sculptures and intricate pop-up books during a one-month artist residency at World of Co in Sofia, Bulgaria. Check out her amazing work below!

Gallery of Stencil Work

Photos courtesy of the artist.

Gallery of Screen Printed Work

Photos courtesy of the artist.

Hand-cut Stencils for Surface Design

June 7–9, 2019

Using a craft knife, learn to cut paper, Tyvek, and acetate in a variety of motifs, patterns, and imagery, from basic to elaborate. Build mirrored images, multiple templates, and snowflake-style symmetrical compositions by cutting layers together. We’ll then use these papercuts as stencils for direct surface-design application with spray paint, dye resist, and sewn appliqué, while also playing with layering and arranging intricate patterns together. All levels welcome; good eyesight or magnification and manual dexterity are needed. Register today!


Screen Printing on Fabric

June 9–15, 2019

Improvisational compositions to intricate designs, screen printing is infinitely versatile and tons of fun. Try various methods to create stencils on the screen: use low-tech grocery items and found-texture rubbings; paint and hand-cut paper stencils (see prior weekend’s class); and expose photo-emulsion film for finely detailed imagery. On the print table, explore composition, implied pattern, and repeat design as you layer prints into rich surfaces on clothing and fabric. All levels welcome; good eyesight or magnification and manual dexterity are advised. Register today!

To learn more about Jen, visit her website.

Cory Marie Podielski
About Cory Marie Podielski

Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com