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As controversial as it is popular, Stencil Art is an ever-growing wing of the Street Art scene and the art form that propelled Banksy to superstardom.

Local artist Visual Waste has been turning heads with his street work and commercial work for the last couple of years, including his always ace work for Hit the North. This will be an entry level course for anyone with or without artistic training, and will give you the knowledge and skills to apply your own style and leave your mark on the world.

The course will cover
– Working with portraits, choosing images, and developing your sketch for stencilling
– Layering and cutting stencils
– Painting strategies, where and how to paint stencils

Since 2011 Visual Waste has worked with a broad range of clients from painting caravans for Northern Ireland Tourist Board, to working with global clients such as Jameson Whiskey and Dr Martens. Branding, murals, sign writing, urban art, graffiti art, bars, pubs, clubs, workshops, bedrooms, boats, planes, cars… there’s nothing Visual Waste won’t paint.

Tickets are £20 and can be booked here:
http://www.blickstudios.org/events/stencil-art/

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Join designer Karishma Kusurkar for this half day session and create vibrant, eye- catching, contemporary Indian textiles whilst exploring the trends and influences of modern India. Participants will leave with original, India-inspired prints to use for fashion or interiors.

This session will cover:
– contemporary Indian textiles and influences
– motif-making
– block-printing
– embellishment

Materials and refreshments included. No previous textile or design experience necessary. Bring an apron/old t-shirt and your ideas.

Karishma is a designer, collaborator, entrepreneur, lover of all things creative, avid podcast-listener, postcard enthusiast and owner of a book packed with lots of future projects! She has been designing for over a decade on freelance work, for clients and for tiny projects.

Tickets are £30 and can be booked here:
http://www.blickstudios.org/events/contemporary-indian-textiles/

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Learn how to best use in-season flowers and contemporary design to create bright and original posies, not just for special occasions but all year round. We’ll provide all the flowers and show you how to make them look fantastic and last a long time.

The workshop will cover:
– Choosing flowers
– Conditioning and preparing flowers
– How to make a posy
– How to make a hand-tied bouquet the Best Buds way

Attendees will get to take their hand-tied bouquet home with them

Best Buds Belfast creator, Caitlin McGinniss is an Australian living in Belfast who quite simply loves flowers, and works with the best local and international blooms, often with an Aussie twist. Passionate about making sustainable bunches Caitlin won’t use plastic and wraps her flowers in recycled paper or cardboard.

Tickets are £25 and can be booked here:
http://www.blickstudios.org/events/faculty-making-contemporary-posies/

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Join Designer Karla McNally of Bill and Coo Paper Co. for this half day session and create your own mini line of stationery – cards / gift tags / wrapping paper. This will be an exploration into the current trends, pattern making and printing techniques.

This session will cover:
– Pattern Making
– Exploration of Printing Techniques
– Lino Cutting & Printing
– Finishing Techniques

Materials and refreshments included. No previous design experience necessary. Bring an apron/old t-shirt and your ideas.

Karla McNally is Owner & Creative Director of Bill & Coo Paper Co. Her unique typographic styling and illustrations have brought a refreshing and innovative aesthetic to the Irish stationery market. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Karla has worked in Branding and Advertising Studios around the world before she returned home to Northern Ireland to establish Bill & Coo Paper Co. in 2015. She is a fanatical collector of words, phrases & sayings, scribbling them in her notebook before sharing them through our stationery designs.

Tickets are £30 and can be booked here: http://www.blickstudios.org/events/faculty-stationery-workshop/
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