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POSTPONED The Art of Printmaking with Molly Mahon

21/05/2020 6:00 pm – 21/05/2020 8:00 pm | Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Join designer Molly Mahon in discussing her new book House of Print, showcasing the art of printmaking combined with practical tips on how to use block prints in your own home.

Molly will take you on an adventure to the bustling print studios in India, a country with rich printmaking heritage and a source of inspiration for her work. With your feet firmly back on home soil, she will share her love of nature and how to discover your own colour palette, and will equip you with practical advice and the confidence to produce prints on a variety of materials including paper and fabric.

This event has been postponed. New date to be confirmed.


About the book

A modern, stylish and practical exploration of the traditional craft of block printing.

For self-taught textile designer Molly Mahon, there is something special about block printing that has stood the test of time. From the initial design process, through to the carving of the block, the mixing of the colour and the actual printing process, Molly has always found printing to be meditative.

This book enables readers to explore this ancient craft through Molly’s contemporary designs and the influences that inspire her use of pattern and colour, before teaching them practical skills and potential ways to transform their creations into beautiful homeware.

The book is divided into three main sections:
A Modern Block Printer: An introduction to Molly and how she found and nurtured her love of block printing. Also, Molly gives a brief history of the tradition of block printing.
Design Journeys: Molly sees pattern everywhere she looks and this is what creates the basis of her blocks. When Molly is designing, it’s as if she goes on a journey, whether it be a walk in the forest or a work trip to India. She is constantly inspired by her surroundings in all that she sees and feels. Here the reader is taken on some of her favourite journeys with an inspirational sourcebook filled with beautiful images. Discover a brief history of block printing, design ideas and stories focusing on how India’s artisan craftspeople and traditional block printing techniques, nature and the Bloomsbury Group have all inspired Molly’s designs.
Practical Printing: This chapter focuses on how to block print, including information on key tools, step-by-step techniques for printing on paper and fabric, and pattern design advice. Follow instructions to make five simple homeware projects with your newly printed creations and find exclusive block templates drawn by Molly for you to copy and recreate at home.

House of Print is a celebration of both the art of block printing and the joy of design.


About the author

Molly Mahon set up her eponymous company in 2015. Molly designs and creates beautiful and original fabrics, wallpapers and functional art pieces for the home. Her designs are inspired by her surroundings, both at home in Sussex and on her travels in India where she works with artisan craftspeople. With her love of home always in her mind she creates pieces to enhance interiors and create beautiful, joyful spaces. Molly runs regular sell-out workshops around the country and has a growing social media following (currently over 30K followers on Instagram).


About the event

When: Thursday 21st May, 6-8pm
Where: Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
Tickets: £15 standard |£12 students

All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry

Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch via Fashion and Textile Museum’s contact form.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.