Pattern design uses specific techniques to simulate the hidden and apparently random ordering of matter to generate the illusion of an endless, ever-changing surface.


The tools used today, although they share and have been developed from shared ancestral knowledge, enable us to automate these processes by means of a variety of digital technologies.


In the workshop, we will use these tools to create design projects adapted for printing on different supports and materials, such as textiles, wallpaper and a wide variety of surfaces used in the production of objects of art and design.


In the practical part of the workshop, each participant will prepare an entire design project from the original idea right through to the final finished product, in the form of a digitally printed piece of textile.


The theoretical part will address the specific processes involved in creating a repeating pattern; the differences between traditional and digital printing, focusing particularly on the wide range of possibilities of digital printing and examining the issues that affect results.


Special attention will be given to digital textile printing, and to the latest products being manufactured with electroluminescent inks and fabrics.


Also participating in the workshop will be Miquel Ridao, an expert in e-textiles.



The workshop is targeted at: Visual artists and designers from all disciplines, students and professionals.



Registration: Anyone interested in participating in the workshop should submit a short CV and a sketch of the project they would like to develop during the course. Projects must be received in Bilbao arte before 18 May 2011.


Price: €60




The workshop is structured in 8 afternoon/evening sessions of 3 hours, over two weeks, from Monday to Thursday. 6 – 16 June.


Each session is divided into a first part, which will cover theoretical aspects, and a second part devoted to the creation and development of each participant’s individual projects. All sessions will be backed by viewing of images and a presentation of physical samples of different materials and printed surfaces.




– The repeating pattern; Artistic and market products manufactured with printed surfaces.

– The graphic motif: Generating patterns; repeating screentones and specific computer applications.

– Printing procedures and textile printing. Silk-screen, rotary, inkjet and digital transfer printing. Types of ink used in digital textile printing.

– The use of colour in the pattern design project.

– E-textiles.

– Other processes and materials: lenticular holograms, laminates, flocking, wallpaper, relief inks, embossing, laser engraving and cutting, electroluminescent technology.