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Large-Scale Printing and Dyeing on Fabric

December 2, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



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An 3-Week In-Studio Workshop!

Saturdays, December 2, 9, and 16, 11am-3pm

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About this Workshop:

Have you ever thought about designing and printing your own curtains, fabric, or wallpaper? In this workshop, you will learn various dyeing and printing techniques in creating sumptuous patterned fabric. We will begin the workshop with an introduction to natural and fiber-reactive dyes which will create a varied base color on the fabric. We will then work with both screenprinting and block printing techniques to create rich layers of imagery. Repeat pattern making, working with transparent base, overdyeing and overprinting, and various fabric applications will also be demonstrated and demystified in the workshop.

Level: Advanced – Introduction to Screenprinting (on Fabric or Paper), or equivalent experience (6 hours) required. Intermediate Screenprinting (on Fabric or Paper) and some experience fabric dyeing (natural or synthetic dyes) is helpful, but not required. 

Registration extended to November 25, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Gretchen Schermerhorn


Registration includes a $45 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including dyes, printing blocks, ink, tape, newsprint, and darkroom supplies. Students will also need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • At least one personal silkscreen for fabric (20”x24” or larger). Note – you will need a total of two screens for this class. If you don’t have a second screen, please contact us – Pyramid can loan one for class use or secure a brand new screen for you for $35. 
  • Fabric—any flat (non-textured) fabric works well (should be clean and ironed before class)
  • Image(s) to work with – more guidance will be provided by your instructor
  • (optional) Personal apron (we’ll have extras) or wear clothes that can get inky
  • (optional) A notebook or sketchbook for taking notes


Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker and a papermaker, and is currently the executive director of Southern Graphics Council International, one of the largest organizations of printmakers. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then, has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. She has received individual artist awards from both the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Snow Farm-New England Craft, Pyramid Atlantic, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the University of North Texas. She is currently part of the teaching faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art, where she teaches Printmaking and Book Arts. You can learn more about her work at www.gretchenschermerhorn.com.

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