Todays mission is to make several applications for Grants. I really enjoy putting things together and take time to also expanding the project. Looking so much forward to this and everything that comes with it; India, patterns, craft, knowledge, textiles, friends and unexpected connections all over the world. The book starts to live its own life and guide us in different directions… The art of block printing is amazing!
Some of the blocks are carved in Sweden, then by using lino on top of the wood instead of the traditional way where the blocks are carved in rose wood or teak wood. The lines can get even more fine and exquisite when using wood or brass. The lino methods where also adapted by Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larches. Pls. see my instagram.
From the last weeks study trip to Dalarna. Visiting textile companies and schools. My long lasting impression whas however the beautiful workshop at Jobs handtryck. Where the Job´s family have been printing for generations using sustainable printing colours made by their own non toxic recipe. Today they work mostly with screen print but It also turned out that once they also started working with wood blocks and still some of them are in use. Back then the family ordered custom made blocks from India and also carved some of them in Sweden. So we will be back for the book project for deeper research and to see the great collection of print blocks used in the beginning. Looking forward…
We have started to sort pictures for the block printing book. We took over 10000 pictures during our trip and now trying to decide how to tell the story… It´s challenging but yet so fun to work with this project. Baghru is known for “dhabu” resist printing with mud and over dye with indigo as well as the use of natural pigments for block printing with colours. The fabrics needs to be mordanted with harda before you print with natural colours made of iron/jagery, madder and turmeric. This indigo vat has sustained for 9 years!
Back after a very intense month in India where I’ve been doing field studies as well as worked with the book project about the beautiful craft of block printing. Also explored different ways of working with natural dyes for both dyeing and printing. Met so many skilled craftspeople and the knowledge and enthusiasm they’ve shared is invaluable and very inspiring. Thank you all!
Soon on my way to beloved Mother India. This time will work together with block printers in Baghru, Sanganer, Ajrakhpur. Combining research, practical work and by following the whole process of pattern making and preparing for the book project; “Block print, trace from hand and nature”. Follow the work at @theblockprintingbook on Instagram.
Visited two block carving workshops in Jaipur today. Delicate patterns made with skilled crafting hands. A nice sweater can also make you feel better when you are out of cash.
Back in Jaipur and looking at the amazing art of block printing. Tomorrow we will visit Baghru village.