Dermond Peterson has always had its own unique way of printing, but the fundamentals behind our block printed home linens are the same as they have been throughout centuries.
Emperor Gaozu of the Tang Dynasty
The blocks are then inked and printed onto paper or fabric leaving the raised, uncut parts of the image onto the surface. Using woodcuts allowed multiple copies to be made of the same imagery or texts- paving the way to printed literature and repeat patterns on textiles.
But stamping and other forms of copying information have existed far longer than the ancient woodcut. Before the Tang Dynasty's advanced block printing techniques there were stone, wax, and brass stamps, or punches (poincons) used to transfer imagery and words to unfired pottery, clay slabs and textiles.
In our studio, each block is meticulously crafted by Susan Peterson using her original source photography and drawings to manipulate the imagery into blocks with texture, depth, and expression.
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This 1955 clip showcases British housewives taking decorating into their own hands.
"If you can't draw, you can always be a modernist."