SURFACE PRINTING AT THE WORK+SHOP

The group from our Spring Surface Printing Workshop shows off their finished tote bags.
Several weeks ago, Lotta arrived at the studio with a grocery bag full of potatoes. These are not your typical office supplies, so I knew we were in for a fun day: our Spring Surface Printing Workshop. The potatoes became stamps for repeated motifs, as Lotta showed the group of six participants her simple printing techniques using potatoes, stencils, and linoleum blocks.
Potato printing is an easy way to stamp designs on paper, fabric, and other surfaces.
Of course I did some eavesdropping (and photo taking) as the participants designed their own motifs, picked out ink colors, and enjoyed their own leisurely fika throughout the day. I learned tips for choosing just the right kind of potato for printing (choose dry varieties such as Idaho or sweet potatoes), and I picked up new inspiration from the participants. For me, the most interesting aspect of the workshop was seeing how each person’s unique personality came through in her designs.
We’ll be hosting more printing workshops throughout the year, with new dates announced first through our mailing list. Of course, you can check out Lotta’s “workshop in a box” any time. Her printing kit, Lotta’s Printing Studio, includes tools, stencils, and instructions for printing on pretty much any surface imaginable. We'd love to see what you create! —Rebecca
Sharing a laugh at the Surface Printing Workshop.
We had a great time in the studio, sharing stories, food, and drink.
Reunited after 16 years.
Lotta and Palma reunited after 16 years. They had first met atBarbara Beckmann Designs, where Lotta once worked in the sample room.
Sarah Meranda gave Lotta a handmade pair of earrings.
Sarah made Lotta a cute pair of earrings—owls nestled into soft, wool nests.