Reimagining Prints for a Sustainable Future

The workshop has been developed for the Foundation by Lynsey Calder who is the Lead for Technical Support in Fashion & Textiles at The Glasgow of Art.


In partnership with the Foundation,The Glasgow School of Art has explored the new and sustainable production for Bernat Klein's 1960s/ 70s screen-printed fabrics, known as the Diolen prints. The workshop focuses on the creative and technical processes used to 'deconstruct' Klein's textile design.

early preparation from the original Bernat Klein 'diolen' printed fashion textiles

silk-screen printing

Original Bernat Klein marketing brochures show first-hand, Klein's ideas on the presentation of his fabric ranges, and varying fashion styles from the 1960s and '70s.

One example from a collection of promotional brochures for Bernat klein ltd

In presenting research and development processes, the workshop discusses the practice-based method of deconstructing a Klein printed fabric, in which both photography and digital methods have been used to understand Klein's repeating pattern.

an example of a recreated Klein fashion print using digital colour separations for silk-screen printing

In the practical workshop session the method of 'cut-through' is used to demonstrate how abstract collages can be developed into a repeating pattern 'tile' for a surface design - and as inspiration for further development for new products.

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