Making is central to Workhouse Union’s activities.

PrintBlock relocated to Workhouse Union in 2020; it operated as a collective in Dublin since 2010 – with a shared vision to develop the Irish textile printing industry.

We are reimagining the textile screen printing studio within the broader Callan and Kilkenny creative ecology– opening up the studio to designers, artists, craftspeople, community groups and social enterprise opportunities.

We’re delighted to announce the first series of workshops at PrintBlock Callan within its new home at Workhouse Union. All workshops will be led by artist and designer Liz Nilsson.

Open Access Membership Online Launch

Saturday 19 September 2020, 2 – 3 pm  

Please join us for an online introduction to how Open Access Membership works at PrintBlock Callan. PrintBlock co-founder Liz Nilsson and the Workhouse Union team will introduce PrintBlock Callan within its new home at Workhouse Union. This online event will be an opportunity for previous PrintBlock members to re-engage with the new studio location and a chance for brand new members to join too.

This event will happen via Zoom.  Please register your interest: info@callanworkhouseunion.com

Introduction to Screen Printing on fabric: Basic technique and papercut prints from start to finish

Sunday 20 September 2020, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm 

With light lunch and refreshments provided. Space is limited to four participants for each workshop. Early booking is essential.

A full-day workshop to learn the basics of screen printing onto fabric. You will create your own paper-cut motifs and experiment with colour combinations and repeat layouts. Screen printing gives an immediate and tangible result and is fun and rewarding and is a wonderful skill which can be done at your kitchen table. No previous experience needed, just an interest in colour and pattern.

PRICE: €120 Price includes the use of the textile screen printing studio, use of A4 screens and materials to make papercut stencils and a small starter pack of fabric to print on. Pigment dyes are available to participants at an additional low cost.

TO BRING: Please bring your own masking tape, apron, kitchen paper, rags and natural fibre fabric (cotton and linen) to print on. You are welcome to bring your own screens.

BOOKING: info@callanworkhouseunion.com

HOME STUDIO: An Introduction to Screen Printing

Online Active Workshop, Saturday 24 October 2020, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm

Screen printing is a skill which you can learn at your own kitchen table. A full-day screen printing workshop to learn the basics of screen printing onto fabric – you will create your own paper-cut motifs and experiment with colour combinations and repeat layouts. This interactive workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Prior to the workshop you will be sent instructions on how to set-up your home studio and will be posted a starter pack with basic materials, including an A4 screen, squeegee and dyes to print with. No previous experience needed, just an interest in colour and pattern.

Via Zoom

PRICE: €90  –  including materials pack posted to you, which includes an A4 screen, pigment dyes, squeegee, and starter pack of material.

BOOKING: info@callanworkhouseunion.com

Introduction to Screen Printing on fabric: Photo stencilling and how to stretch a screen

FULLY BOOKED Email to go on the waiting list.

Sunday 25 October 2020, 10.30 am – 4.30pm

With light lunch and refreshments provided. Space is limited to four participants for each workshop. Early booking is essential.

In this day-long workshop, you will learn how to stretch your own screen, create light-sensitive stencils using a simple photographic technique and use your exposed screen to print simple repeat patterns and experiment with layering colour. On completion of this one day workshop, you can sign-up for Open Access Membership to PrintBlock Callan.

PRICE: €120 – Price includes the full use of the textile screen printing studio and materials to make photographic stencils and a small starter pack of fabric to print on. Pigment dyes and materials to stretch an A4 screen are available to participants at an additional low cost.

TO BRING: Please bring your own masking tape, apron, kitchen paper, rags and natural fibre fabric (cotton and linen) to print on.

BOOKING: info@callanworkhouseunion.com – FULLY BOOKED. Email to go on the waiting list.

You will receive full reimbursement of the fee if the workshop is cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions or another reason by the organisers.

Workhouse Union follows HSE Guidelines to ensure the safety and health of the workshop tutor and participants.