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  • Writer's pictureMichelle McLendon

Traditional Indian Block Printing

From my previous website. Dated June 14, 2017.

Since I was about 14 years old, I've been obsessed with block prints. It all began when I walked into a head shop at the beach with the most beautiful Indian "tapestries" hanging from the ceiling. I left that day with a white one with pink and blue floral block printing. It hung from the ceiling over my bed for many years before becoming my favorite blanket. I still have it, but it has been used and washed so many times, it now has many holes in it. I also have several more that I now use. They are wonderful for summer time bedding or just curling up on the couch to read.

This little obsession started a few others including handmade cotton papers (blank, block printed, marbled, silkscreen), batik fabrics, anything paisley, sari fabrics (my living room curtains are saris) and recycled silk sari ribbons. I think you can see all of these things in my work.

I have recently took on the challenge of learning to use wood printing blocks. I have several including some vintage ones I ordered directly from India. I've had some for awhile but just couldn't seem to get the hang of it, but one day a few weeks ago it just clicked!


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