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Alternative Valentines Day with Abbie Lois

Join printmaker Abbie Lois at Made in Stirling for a lino-printing workshop inspired by the history and folklore of what we now call Valentine's Day!

Alternative Valentines Day with Abbie Lois

About Alternative Valentines Day with Abbie Lois

From Eros, the God of Lust, son of Aphrodite, to the tradition of writing a letter to a loved one around mid-February - said to have been inspired by the arrival of bird song to attract their mates during this time - we’ll use these ideas to inspire us.

Learn how to prepare and carve your lino, printing on to a cotton tote bag or plain cotton fabric.

This session will introduce you to the materials, tools, and methodology for lino printmaking. Lino printing is a hands-on print making technique, drawing a design onto a linoleum (lino) surface that is then carved out using special carving tools. Ink is then rolled on to the carved lino, then the design is pressed by hand on to your chosen surface, such as paper or fabric.

Everyone will leave the workshop with their own printed cotton tote bag or cotton fabric segment, and can take their carved lino home to keep using their design if they wish!

No previous experience required, and all materials are provided for this session, including imagery for inspiration. Please feel free to bring your own imagery for inspiration too. Everyone is welcome, however this class will be best suited to beginners.

Make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy, however the ink is water-based so should easily come off in a wash if you do get some on your clothes.

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