here’s one I made earlier :: thornback & peel

Katie | May 8, 2013

Thornback & Peel

I was recently invited to Thornback & Peel‘s studio, which is in Cockpit Arts, Holborn, for an evening of screen printing, to make my very own Thornback & Peel cushion. Being a bit of a print-addict, I was there in a flash! The first step was to choose our pattern and our fabric from the gorgeous selection above. I went for a spotty fabric and a grey rabbit – a popular choice it would transpire!

Thornback & Peel

The patterns had already been transferred onto the screens creating a stencil, so the next step was to place our screens over the fabric and load them up with ink. I went for grey.

Thornback & Peel

Luckily Juliet (Thornback) and Delia (Peel) were on hand, because I’m a bit rusty at this!

Thornback & Peel

The ink is then pulled across the screen with a squeegee (love that word!), forcing the ink through the holes of the pattern and onto the fabric beneath.

Thornback & Peel

Our little bunnies were then hung up to dry on a simple washing line and we retired for an amazing dinner in the Thornback & Peel shop just around the corner. Every member of the extended team had made and brought along a different dish, resulting in an amazing ‘pot luck supper’ made even more special by the thought and effort that had gone into it.

Thornback & Peel

Meanwhile, Thornback & Peel elves sewed up our cushions at lightening speed and they were ready for us to take home at the end of the evening. Here’s mine released back into his natural environment!

Thornback & Peel

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  • Won’t the dye eventually lose its colour over time, or if left in sunlight or put in the dishwasher?

    • The higher the concentration of dye in the solution, the less colour is lost. There seems to be a point at which the moisture is fully absorbed back into the air, leaving the particles of dye in the ceramic body unable to move and so the colour/ pattern is fixed

      Sunlight doesn’t seem to affect the colour; I had a few test pieces sat on the window sill in direct sunlight with a line of tape on them to see if sunlight did anything and nothing happened. The test was conducted over the few months so am not sure about longer term exposure

      The pieces are decorative so wouldn’t need to be put in the dishwater but I did test them, one with a sealant on and one without, and there wasn’t any change – although I left some tiled pieces I made in the rain and the dye moved around again and became very vibrant

      There is lot of science behind the process, most of which I don’t fully understand and sometimes doesn’t make any sense – could talk about it for hours but I’ve tried to be concise!

  • Kuo

    this is such a cool process. did your friend emma come up with this on her own?? that’s incredible! also, i was watching the video while listening to “Goodnight, Travel Well” by the Killers, so the video was very dramatic for me haha

    • Thank you and yes – the process came from trying to dye everything, even the studio sink!

  • The technique is so pretty and natural. Thanks for sharing.

  • Fer

    Wow! I love your work. Congratulations!

  • Christine Lynn

    I like the watercolour effect on the pieces. They look very natural because they don’t look like they were painted. By using the dye to colour the pieces, is it safe to use the bowls and cups for dinnerware?

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