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Printing with Rust

How to make sustainable rust print paste for screen and block printing

Printing with rust is an ancient technique which is still practiced today in the Romagna region of Italy. With its warm orange/brown tones rust was traditionally used to decorate furnishing fabrics and is extremely resistant to both washing and light exposure... and is also 100% sustainable!

Over the three weeks of this course you will learn:

Week 1: How to cultivate quality rust and prepare the print paste

Week 2: To use rust print paste for both block and screen printing

Week 3: Fix and alter the colour of your prints

The modules will initially be sent out a week apart to give you time to do your homework and prepare the materials you will need for the following week, then once the course is complete you will have full access to all of the modules forever!


Your Instructor


Angharad Rixon
Angharad Rixon

Angharad Rixon is a historian specialised in textile techniques; in particular lace, embroidery and decorative braids. She is interested in structures, surface treatments, textile materials and the survival of “dynamic” textile traditions.

She has taught various subjects including costume and textile history and textile techniques for design students and professionals both at Italian and international institutions including NABA in Milan and the Roberto Capucci Foundation in Florence.

She is the founder of Textile Support.


Course Curriculum


  Materials and Making the Paste
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is closed for enrollment.