Nu Steel Blog

February 26, 2015

Printing patterns, and a whole lot of Hamilton inspiration!

The second Nu Steel project of the semester had students designing printed textiles while collaborating with some awesome local artists.  The project started with a guest workshop by Georgie Russell, of clothing and accessories company Hand and Shadow (, who demonstrated the art of repeat printing and shared her experiences as a small arts-based business owner in Hamilton.  She also led a fabric shopping spree extraordinaire along Ottawa Street, as youth chose fabrics they would turn into unique patterned textiles.  Over the next week or so, students used a range of composition techniques to create patterns, shoot them onto screens, and hand print them onto fabric.  Superstar Rowen even sewed her own t-shirt!  We were also lucky enough to visit the studio of textile designer Roisin Fagan (, who walked us through her process and showed us all sorts of cool things, including hand-grown dyes from her rooftop garden!