Meditative Block Printing with Dusty Guerra
September 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Textile Arts | Los Angeles invites you to Meditative Block Printing with Dusty Guerra
Sunday, September 19th, 10 am – 4 pm, at the Helms Design Center
In this workshop, participants will learn an alternative approach to relief printmaking utilizing a press-less printing method while discovering a repetitive process that will calm the mind and enrich a creative outlet. You will explore and develop your own motifs, either from imagination or in reference to cultural narratives. Learn to work with alternative materials and techniques to design, transfer, carve, register, print, and clean up. You will engage in a studio practice that will emphasize textile printing and pattern making.
There will be opportunity to explore and experiment as a way to develop a series of design networks. The motifs will first be test printed on cotton rag paper and once further developed, the patterns may then be printed onto fabric (Participants are welcome to bring personal garments and pre-washed fabrics to be printed on). We will be using traditional printmaking inks and learn the basics of preparing ink and charging brayers for inking of the blocks — as well as how to efficiently clean up/conserve materials as a way to learn proper printmaking etiquette.
Dusty Guerra is a Xicano artist, printmaker, and educator based in Southern California. As a first generation artist, Guerra explores family heritage and traditions to further investigate the origins of his Mexicanidad. Guerra’s art practice is managing the creation of a non-verbal, spiritual language of symbols and motifs rooted in native belief systems and histories of migration. He holds a BFA in Traditional Printmaking and has been teaching printmaking to underserved communities in Los Angeles for the past 6 years.