Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Past Re-discovered

Studying and practicing textile methods like hand weaving, knitting, and screen-printing has expanded my appreciation for textile history. Even though I'm no longer in school I still want to learn about design and textiles...I feel like a lifelong student!

I recently discovered the Zucchi Collection, which is a collection of 56,000 wood and pewter, antique printing blocks formerly used for the production of hand-printed fabrics. The website offers a brief history, demonstration on building a hand-block and printing on fabric, and a glimpse into their collection. Below are highlights from the collection with the original block and final fabric produced using the block.

I'm amazed by the detail - can you imagine the patience needed? The exhibiton is housed in Milan, but for a virtual experience check out the Zucchi Web Collection.

Interested in playing? Martha Stewart has great tutorials on Block Printing on Cards and a video on Block Printing T-shirts.


Fiesta Lady said...

I absolutely LOVE the history lesson. Very, very interesting!

Diana said...

Thanks fiesta lady - we always need a good history lesson!

Stephanie said...

Great post. I have some old blocks from India that I love.
I would love to be able to do some block printing like Galbraith and Paul. They have a great studio, check them out.


How amazing would it be to print your own fabric!!!!

Diana said...

WOW - those are AMAZING!! Thanks!

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