Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny laMinx in Jaipur + The ‘Blocks, Locks and Bling’ Sale

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

 

Skinny laMinx‘s Heather Moore just returned from a trip to Jaipur, India where she taught a 10-day course in the principles of pattern making and printing as part the Ritchie Ace Camps’ block printing workshop. Ritchie Ace Camps creates learning experiences in a travel context and for this tour 16 women from as far afield as Hong Kong, San Francisco and Costa Rica travelled to Jaipur to learn from Heather and other traditional block printers who have been honing their craft here for generations.

 

Heather hosted her section of the workshop at Hotel Diggi Palace, a glorious haveli that has been transformed into an hotel. She says “it’s all peacocks on the the lawn, marble floors, fountains in the courtyard and turbaned waiters,” which inspired many of the prints that were produced during the trip. Heather taught the basics of carving and printing with soft linolium blocks. “We used a simple motif in various forms to create patterns, and then moved on to learn about registration for two-colour prints and how to design and print a complex repeat pattern,” explains Heather. After her section of the workshop, the group went to block printing facilities and got to print their own textiles – one of Heather’s highlights of the trip.

 

Now back home, Heather will be hosting Blocks, Locks and Bling, a one night only sale of knick-knacks she collected during her trip. “The city of Jaipur was built for merchants and commerce, and boy oh boy, was the shopping good,” she says. Scouring the old city bazaars for handmade goods, she found interesting things like copper votives, rickshaw horns, printed scarves and handmade paper books. Last year she hosted the Zakka Show and sold some things she’d picked up during her trip to Tokyo. Heather sees these bits and bobs as something of a physical manifestation of her Instagram feed and she explains that, “I really enjoy finding things that I think people might find interesting and it’s an opportunity for me to share some of the spoils of my trip with people who might have been following my progress on social media.”

 

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Blocks, Locks and Bling

Blocks, Locks and Bling

Blocks, Locks and Bling

shopping---Rickshaw-horns

Blocks, Locks and Bling

 

Blocks, Locks and Bling takes place at Skinny la Minx this Thursday as part of First Thursdays. Stop by 201 Bree Street from 5pm – 8pm.

 

Visit the Skinny laMinx 
storefront and studio 
from Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and
 Saturday 9am – 2pm, or head to the website for some online shopping.

 

Also check out Heather’s Blog for more photographs of her trip or find her on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

Skinny la Minx in Jaipur

 



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