WORKSHOP – Digital by Design
Introduction to digital textiles at The Knit and Stich Show Alexandra Palace Oct 2014
In the first section of the course we were introduced to transfer (sublimation) printing starting with the basics using paints, paper and crayons for creating images by hand and also experimented with some resist techniques. This then led onto designing digital images for textiles on the computer (using GIMP) exploring repeat patterns and colourways and also introducing textures. (Rose explained GIMP was a better software programme for textiles than Photoshop and it was also free but I have not been able to download it due to possible viruses). These were printed onto Heat transfer paper and printed using the heat press.
Rose explained how these techniques combined hand and computer techniques – hand drawing/painting, scanning and printing and also designing on the computer, printing and then hand stitching.
It was, of course only a short introduction but even then I could see the flexibility these 2 methods might offer….if only I had Photoshop and a heat Transfer press. Again, I felt frustrated that my creativity could be restricted by the lack of equipment.