EventsStudio Sessions: Block Printing on Fabric

Studio Sessions: Block Printing on Fabric

July 31, 2024 | 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art, Anne Cox Chambers Wing Lobby
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Where do you encounter fabric patterns in your daily life? Perhaps in the upholstery of your furniture, a family blanket, your favorite clothing? What meaning do those patterns hold for you?

Join us for a workshop exploring ways of creating patterns through block printing on fabric, inspired by Patterns in Abstraction: Black Quilts from the High’s Collection. This workshop will begin with a short visit to the exhibition to investigate the elements of art and principles of design, finding inspiration in repetitive patterns and textile materials. We will consider the use of color, shape, and pattern arrangements in quilts to make our own designs. Afterward, we will work independently in the studio to explore the unique technique of block printing and stamping on fabric, using pattern as a vehicle for storytelling by abstracting forms, colors, and textures from objects and environments around us. We will learn safe carving techniques and the processes of inking and printing objects. In the end, each participant will have their own design and series of prints.

Materials will be provided, and we invite you to bring found objects to create interesting impressions on paper and fabric or reference photos of patterns you encounter in daily life for inspiration.

About Your Instructor

Daniel Mantilla, Coordinator, Arts Learning at the High Museum of Art, is a Colombian-born artist with over a decade of experience teaching young people, families, and adults. In his paintings, drawing-collages, and cutouts, Mantilla explores ideas of transition and instability. Mantilla previously lived in New York City, where he recorded instructional videos for public television. His art has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. He has studied paintings in museum collections in Spain, conducted research on cadmium-free acrylic paint, and holds an MFA from Hunter College.

Daniel Mantilla headshot

About Patterns in Abstraction: Black Quilts from the High’s Collection

Patterns in Abstraction includes several works by well-known Gee’s Bend quilters and contemporary quilters and early twentieth-century examples by artists once known. The designs and patterns represented in the exhibition demonstrate centuries-old quilt patterns that are geometric interpretations of natural phenomenon and humanmade environments, while others have deeper meanings as memorials to family members.

housetop style quilt

About Studio Sessions

Studio Sessions are art-making workshops connected to artworks on view at the High. These workshops provide opportunities to experiment, play, and enjoy using new mediums and materials. No prior experience is required. Studio Sessions are designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. This workshop is offered three times.

For more information, please email or call 404-733-5034.

Know Before You Go

When you arrive, please present your QR code ticket to a Guest Relations team member at the Admissions and Information desk in the main museum entrance. Then, please proceed to the Anne Cox Chambers Wing Lobby, where this Studio Session is taking place. The lobby is on the first floor of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing, located across the Sifly Piazza.