Block Printing Workshops

The Swaisland factory was famous for its block printed designs, including the design which won the Gold Medal at the Great Exhibition, which required 550 blocks to complete.

A number of project activities were performed using the skill of block printing.

Children from local Crayford schools received block printing workshops led by former employees of the David Evans Company. The children had the opportunity to use original David Evans blocks donated by the Crayford Town Archive to design a block printed banner to celebrate the Swaisland bicentenary. The banner will be used in the Fabric of Our Town end of project drama performances and included in the portable exhibition. The banner design can be seen here.

BTEC students at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy designed a hand block printed fabric to be used in a fashion show.

Year One children from the three Crayford primary schools in addition to pre-school children from Crayford Surestart Centre and St Mary's Playgroup participated in block printing and story sessions based around the children's story "The Queen's Knickers." Artist and story teller, Julie Daniel, showed them Swaisland fabric designs and taught them how to make natural dyes so that they could create their own block printed design to decorate a jumbo sized pair of royal knickers for the Fabric of Our Town exhibition.