Black Icons: In Print

Black Icons, FAD Projects, Heritage
Volunteers have been working with FAD in collaboration with the Black Cultural Archives over the last few weeks to investigate and research Black Icons of the British Jazz Age. The group will eventually share these findings with other young people using creative textiles to tell their stories.Printing_BlkIcons_05

Recently our diligent volunteers took part in a screen-printing workshop to create these textiles. Held at Sonsoles Print Studios in Peckham the day consisted of an introduction to the screen-printing process and a practical printing session.

The designs screen printed on the day were created by the volunteers. The pieces are centered on the people they have researched during the project and are inspired by Kanga cloths. Kanga are East African textiles traditionally used to commemorate and venerate individuals using images, text and colour. 

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The task was two fold; using repeated prints to create patterns on long swathes of fabric and the printing of cushion covers on contrasting fabrics. These fabrics were drawn from an art deco color palette in keeping with the aesthetic of the era the volunteers have been researching.

Working collaboratively the group created systems to play on their individual strengths to ensure the multiple screen prints which needed to be produced were accurate, striking, and completed by the end of the session.

The volunteers learnt new skills and got to flex their creative muscles (as well as they arm muscles) producing beautiful hand made prints.

FAD’s Black Icons of the British Jazz Age project  will continue next month with a fresh batch of volunteers. If you would like to be involved and are aged between 16-24 please contact Joanna Jbradford@fad.org.uk.
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