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Batik and Colouring Laboratory

Apply now to start in October 2020. Our laboratories are specialized and for small groups. Places are limited. You can register now for this laboratory 2020/2021

Studying Textile Printing at Laboratorio

The textiles prints workshops are designed for students wishing to focus their professional future in textile print creation.

In these workshops, you will work in a stimulating training environment where creativity, innovation, originality and excellence are encouraged and valued.

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Why choose this course at Laboratorio Firenze?

Italy has a long textile tradition, being one of the most important countries in the world in this industry. Wool, silk, cotton or linen have been goods and products processed in Italy and of reference in Europe since medieval times. In the Italian territory the artisans worked the fabrics by hand in small villages, first developing the designs in the looms, and then introducing the printing techniques followed by Europe.

Still today the made in Italy design is a reference of quality and good taste in the world, both for the development of colours and prints. You can visit the most important trade fairs in the sector, which are located in Florence and Milan, which have always been examples of this wonderful tradition.
You will learn the techniques to make your creations with a high professional level.

As well as being the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence has a long tradition and a worldwide reputation in the world of fashion and art, perfectly intertwining tradition, contemporaneity and modernity.

As long as there are places and you have been admitted, you can start at any time. Our lessons are individual and you will be followed by your tutor, in accordance with your level at the start of the course. In these courses, we do not admit more than 12 participants per tutor in each class.

You will have the possibility, in different phases of the course, to work in a company or organization in this field, collaborating with them and developing business projects where you will acquire the necessary experience to realize events focused on the exhibition of your works.

You will learn traditional and modern techniques with particular attention towards the design of artistic textiles creation through different techniques and distinguished masters.

At Laboratorio Firenze, you will share communal spaces with artists from different disciplines with whom you can share ideas and projects.

In this course, you will acquire everything you need to develop a professional career in the world of textile print and the ability to use each of the techniques as you please.

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Tutor: Kathleen Knippel

All our courses are personalized

We will assist you with care and dedication, making sure that all your efforts and doubts are resolved at your own pace, accompanied by your tutors always with the utmost availability and commitment.

A maximum of 12 students per course allows us to follow the technical and artistic evolution of each student.

Courses are held on:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
In the morning: from 9,00 to 12,00
In the afternoon: from 13,00 to 16,00 or from 17,00 to 19,00

Laboratory Description

Batik is a fabric dyeing technique that originated in India about 2000 years ago. The origin of the word Batik comes from the Javanese word amba (to write) and the Indonesian word titik (“dot”).

Batik consists in applying hot wax to certain areas of the fabric. The traditional method of wax application is done by means of a tool known as canting, through which the hot wax passes and in pen-like fashion designs are drawn on the fabric, blocking the passage of colour in these areas. The canting are made in our goldsmith’s laboratory to obtain different sizes.

Very precious fabrics are produced, with particular colours and designs.

This technique is called batik tulis (written batik) after the appearance in the 19th century of the batik cap, made with a cast that “prints” the wax that acts as a barrier between the fabric and colour.

Natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk are used. The colours resist very well to the passage of time, washing and sunlight, as the fabrics are completely immersed in the dye so that they can absorb the shades.
In this course, we will create collections of prints by means of a predetermined project, after having studied colour and its nuances, according to the quality of the fabric we are going to use; we will develop a colour chart for each project, which will vary, achieving different nuances that make it unique. We will test the technique with different materials and weights and with natural and organic dyes. We will examine the history and journey of batik through Asia, learning to differentiate Batik by its design and patterns, according to cultures throughout history.

These courses have been designed with the aim of deepening the understanding of the printing process, obtaining the necessary knowledge of the different threads and natural materials, linen, silk, cotton and its different weights, colour and dyeing.

Participants will acquire the necessary knowledge to create printed products from the start to possible market expansion, obtaining results that only manual skill can achieve.

You will develop a workbook during the entire process including your projects, photographic images, drawings and applications that you have made yourself so you can present a professional portfolio.
At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate and diploma that will guarantee your knowledge and level attained.

Subjects & Duration

Intensive Courses

These courses are designed for those who can’t stay in Florence for long periods of time. Their duration ranges from 3 to 6 months and the difference with the short workshops lies in the objectives to be achieved, they are intensive as a greater number of hours is fit into a shorter length of time and it is possible to access multiple levels. If you are a beginner, you can access levels one, two or three. If you already know the techniques, you can learn about the different ways of applying them and you can reach an average professional level. In addition, if you wish to continue with levels 3, 4, 5, you can sign up for the following courses, concentrating the courses into a shorter timeframe.

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