Calico Printing


Make your own mono-print!

Download our Resource pack:

  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Calico Works at Springfield 1774 
  • 18th-century pattern design motifs

Visualise the process through our test prints.

Thu 2 Jun, 2022

The Sky Room at The Glass House
Springfield Park
Hackney, E5 9EF

4 x 1 hr sessions:
10am / 11:30am / 1:30pm / 3pm


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Join us for mono-printing at Springfield Park’s fabulous new venue The Glass House.

Try your hand at mono-printing on calico (fabric) and contribute designs toward our community bunting. We’ll be making unique, one-off prints inspired by fresh cuttings from the grounds of our beautiful park. Use leaves as a stencil and textural mark maker or leave your mark in print with a personal interpretation drawn from historial design motifs as illustrated in A Treatise on Calico Printing dated 1792.

Each participant will print enough fabric for up to 4 flags – 2 for the project and 2 to take home. The park will keep the bunting as a legacy of this event for future celebrations and decorative displays!


Each session includes a brief demo on the printing technique – Please arrive at the start of your session to enjoy this and take full advantage of the resources provided.

Inks used are water-based and child friendly. Be prepared to get a little messy. Families with young children are welcome, parents must supervise their own children.

We look forward to seeing you there!

How to find us:

The Glass House is located at the top of the park near Springfield House.

We ask that you exercise caution to reduce the risk of spreading Covid 19. Do not attend if you have any symptoms associated with Covid 19. Please sanitise your hands before and after attending, and maintain appropriate distance during the activity.


Springfield Park Celebration, taking place on 2 June, from 10am to 5pm, has a free, jam-packed programme of activities for all ages.

Highlights include live music from the Grand Union Orchestra on the bandstand, tennis taster sessions, live poetry writing, family carnival fun, nature activities, Hackney Play Association sessions, rowing trials, woodworking demonstrations, a climbing wall and a bungee trampoline.

Lubavitch Children’s Centre will also be at Springfield Park, with an inflatable Mount Sinai and family workshops.

Some activities – including our printing workshops, guided history walks, a tree tour with Tree Musketeers and paddlesports and narrowboat trips from the Leaside Trust – should be booked in advance due to limited numbers.

The Springfield Park celebration is also a chance for residents to visit the newly renovated Springfield House and brand new Glass House.

Stats about this project

  • Mono Printing 50% 50%
  • Drawing & Pattern design 50% 50%

Applied art disciplines

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- 69 days ago

Try your hand at mono-printing! Download our Resource Pack! Our family wkps this Thurs are SOLD OUT - Part of #HelloAgainHackney 's Summer Festival programme & Springfield Park Celebration @hackneycouncil #CalicoPrinting #PlatinumJubileeCelebration
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- 71 days ago

2-3.30 TODAY, Homerton Library @hackneylibs Decorate a triangle of fabric for our #PlatinumJubilee bunting. What kind of #queen would you be? What rules would you put in place for the next 70 yrs? What would be your pet animal? Join the celebrations & leave your mark. Age 5 & up
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- 73 days ago

We're delighted to be working with @ChefsinSchools born out of the LEAP Federation, one of our key education partners - So happy to help in a small way with their important mission of improving food culture in schools! More on our mural:
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- 76 days ago

We’re super excited to be delivering mono printing workshops in the new Glasshouse event venue following the restoration of Springfield House. Join us on Thurs 2 June in the Sky Room and contribute your print design to our community bunting.
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