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Printmaking in the Sun: Large-Scale Fabric Printing and Dyeing

July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Gretchen Schermerhorn  ·  gretchenschermerhorn.com

Workshop at a glance

Students will learn how to pair objects from the natural world to create large-scale textile pieces.


  • Cyanotype printing on fabric
  • Natural dyeing techniques
  • Relief printing
  • Repeat pattern printing


  • Photo emulsion
  • Easy carve blocks
  • Speedball carving tools
  • Natural dyes (indigo, cochineal, marigold)
  • Stencils and screens
  • Acrylic ink, relief ink
  • Cyanotype chemistry


  • 7-8 samples of printed and dyed fabric
  • An understanding of printing vocabulary and techniques
  • Understanding of preparation and use of natural dyes
  • 1-3 pieces of large-scale designed fabric (1-2 yards)
  • An understanding of cyanotype printing on fabric

Artist Bio

Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker, papermaker, and arts administrator, and currently lives and works in the Washington DC area. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and has since completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University, and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. She has received individual artist awards from both the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has taught workshops at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Snow Farm, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the University of North Texas. She is currently part of the teaching faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art, where she teaches Printmaking and Book Arts.

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Workshop Description

Have you ever daydreamed about designing and printing your own curtains, bedspread, fabric for garments, or wallpaper? In this workshop, students will learn various dyeing and printing techniques to create patterned fabric. Students will begin by creating various sample pieces, which will be used to explore techniques such as how to mix work with natural dyes and mordants, cyanotype printing, and overdyeing. The workshop will then explore block printing techniques on the samples, which will add rich layers of imagery. Repeat pattern making, working with transparent base to create veils of imagery, overdyeing and overprinting, and various fabric applications will also be demonstrated in this workshop. Students will leave with various samples, and 1-3 yards of dyed and printed fabric.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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