Recap Meet the Master Blockprint
Crafts Council Nederland collaborated with the Zuiderzeemuseum in order to organise a two-day Meet the Master on Indian block printing. The masterclass was taught by Nathalie Cassée of Kashmir Heritage. Here are the results; from first samples to final designs!
Block printing is a very precise and time consuming craft in which different techniques blend. It is a traditional and complex handicraft used to decorate textiles and fabrics. For each coloured pattern a unique block is made. And of course, these patterns must fit seamlessly. The more colours you will use in your design, the more carved blocks you will need.
In the weekend of March 17 & 18 the participants learned more on the basic, yet complex skills in the craft of block printing. They started with a simple print and from there worked to a multi-coloured pattern. All applied on their own object. In this way, they learned a lot about colour use and compositions.
Over the past few years, Nathalie Cassée mastered the block printing technique. She travelled all the way to India, the UK and France to visit artisans and studios abroad. Her passion for Indian textiles and handicraft resulted in annual visits to India since 2007, where she really got to the core of Indian block printing. Currently, Nathalie develops unique projects in collaboration with designers and craftsmen. Recently she produced her first handmade chintz for The Netherlands in over 200 years.