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Future Network – Traditional Indian Block printing with Artist Sunaina Bhalla

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Future Network – Traditional Indian Block printing with Artist Sunaina Bhalla

Opening: 13/08/22 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | 5

Cost: £5 (to cover materials) 

When: Saturday 13th of August.    

Time : 12.00 – 16.00 (Incl. hour shared lunch break) 

Where: Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Road, Peterborough, PE1 1YX 

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As a part of Future Network, this summer we are excited to host a traditional block printing workshop with artist Sunaina Bhalla. This workshop will be a chance for artists and creatives to learn new techniques and make connections with other creatives across the city. 


Block printing is a special form of printing first developed in China. The earliest known example with an actual date is a copy of the Diamond Sutra from 868 A.D (currently in the British Museum). 

Though cotton printed fabric was traded through India and Babylon as well as Indonesia , Malaya and the Far East, the tradition of Indian block printing began in the 12th century. In the 17th century Surat in Gujarat became the Centre for block printing in India, some cities specializing in a particular form of block printing are Pethapur, Bhuj, Ajrakhpur for Ajrakh printing Mathani Pachhedi for Devi Puja –religious purposes and the state of Rajasthan. 


Sunaina will deliver a 3-hour Traditional Block Printing workshop at Metal, where participants will develop their own designs. With the support of Sunaina participants will learn how to block print using the stamping process, how to create layouts on material, based on the final design, as well as an overview of various contemporary uses and applications of block printing to make their own artworks. 


Attendees will work together and have a choice of items to make for themselves that will be made during the workshop, such as: cushion covers, tea napkins (serviettes) and tote bags. 


People at all skill levels are welcome. Some small lunch snacks and refreshments will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own lunch. 


There will also be an opportunity to buy a selection of the hand carved printing blocks to keep after the workshop. (Cash Only).  


If you have any questions or queries, then please feel free to get in touch at sarah@metalculture.com or on 01733 893077  

About Sunaina Bhalla 


Sunaina is a contemporary artist of Indian origin, who lives and works in Singapore. Educated in India, she moved to Tokyo in the late 90’s and has spent the last two decades in various parts of North and South Asia. 


Sunaina trained as a textile designer and her focus became print making processes after she started creating her own block designs over 25 years ago. Each wood block is handmade and carved into teak wood with precision and beauty, a separate block for each colour in the final design. 


Sunaina transitioned to being a Fine Artist almost 20 years ago and she has used these traditional blocks in her work for a number of years. The shape, form and colour of these prints tell a story of traditions and rhythmic methodology and the very act of printing itself is performed to enhance the qualitative use of the piece of fabric that is employed. 


Given the simple wood block as a tool, the process has the unique advantage of also breathing life into old, used materials that are discarded, like items of clothing or home linen, to name a few. 

Sunaina use these traditional motifs on Contemporary fabrics and create products that are Modern yet have the flavour of the traditions of this printing process by combining colour palettes and creating new patterns and placements. 


Sunaina works with a Master carver who translates her designs into blocks as well as using his award winning traditional designs 



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