On Sunday a few of the designers and artists participating in Locavore were treated to a print making class with Mary Mac Dahlke. This lady is an artist after my own heart. She takes her inspiration from the relationships between sisters, twins, and girlfriends, which manifests itself in lovely dresses and girly images. She's a southern girl paying tribute to her roots with white tights and gloves, red Mary-janes, and vintage sewing patterns. Below is a shot of a few stencils and examples she brought to class, but for the full Mary Mac experience, you should take a look at her portfolio.
I had never been to the Kirkland Arts Center before. The amazing building is over 120 years old and has great character. The gallery is on the street level, printmaking above and ceramics below. There is an unbelieveable ceiling installation at one of the entry ways that I couldn't help but photograph.
In class we learned to carve small plates and ink them up to make one of a kind hand printed designs. It was a lot of fun, but the highlight of the day was printing our fern designs on fabric with the big printmaking press! I'm pretty lucky to have Dawn on my team, since she's been printmaking for some time and knows exactly what she's doing. She designed and carved two large linoleum blocks with the fern motif, dyed the silk a nice ombre color, and then we printed on it! This fabric will be used for the train of our dress design. Can't wait to put it all together!