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Workshop on Silk-Screen Printing Created from Ayutthaya Stencil Patterns by Kwanpoom Vilaival

February 23 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

On August 2017, SEA Junction held a well-attended workshop by former stylist and Thai art designer Kwanpoom Vilaival on silk-screen printing created from Ayutthaya Stencil patterns. On 23 February 2019 at 1.30PM there will be another occasion for both adolescents and adults, to learn how to apply the traditional motifs of the late Ayutthaya period to modern cotton products, in this case lunch bags.  This is the start of a long-term collaboration with the artist consisting of bi-monthly workshops to explore Thai culture and realities through painting and other visual arts.

According to the description by the Thai Tourism Authority: “Wat Yai Suwannaram Temple, featuring a windowless main shrine hall, houses magnificent 300-year-old murals of mythical angels. Its Sala Kanprian (multi-purpose hall), which was once located in Ayutthaya’s Grand Palace, was entirely built of teakwood and decorated with fine woodwork especially at the door panels. There is also a preaching throne with magnificently elaborated Bangkok style woodcarvings and gold gilt works”. Here is where the most interesting collection of stencil patterns done with paper-block printing can be found in Thailand. This technique is common among artisans all over the world and it has been used thousand years ago in China and at least half a millennium ago in Japan. The temple’s vigorous patterns remain a source of creativity to these days and continue to inspire new designs based on them. During the workshop, Kwanpoom Vilaival will share some of these designs and participants will learn how to apply them using silk-screen block printing, a technique that is very close to the traditional paper-block printing, but more practical and neat.

Participants will learn about paper-block printing and silk-screen printing as well as about traditional ornaments and contemporary adaptations and will practice using them on cotton lunch bag (somewhat larger than pursue bags).  Participants can also bring T-shirts and other material after checking in advance whether is feasible.

The cost for the workshop is TBH 600 including materials. Please note that if participants want to do more than one design additional costs for the teacher will be reckoned. Reservation and payment needs to be made in advance of the workshop via bank transfer at the bank account below or in cash at SEA Junction venue:

Account name: For Southeast Asia Studies 
Bank Account No: 043-7-18114-2 
Branch: MBK Center 
Bank Address: 1C-08-12 MBK G Floor, Phayathai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 

Short bio of the artist

The workshop will be given by Kwanpoom Vilaiwan from Artizaan Press who learned art design with masters Pairoj Teeraprapa, M.L. Chiratorn Chirapravati and Prof. Prateep Sawangsuk at Siam Sarm Tri Schools. He has experience in publication, design work, and fine art painting. He founded Artizaan Press and has edited more than 10 books, and 100 pieces of publication including, academic journals, chart books, scrapbooks and greeting cards from the work of famous Thai artists. His design work is both for commercial and non-profit aims including for supporting HIV patients from the Thai Red Cross, and for Bangkok National Museum, and Museum Siam. He gives workshops on silk-screen printing on cotton using gold stencil patterns inspired by Wat Yai Suwannaram temple. In his design work, the dominant color is the ‘Indian Red’ from soil pigment, which has been used since prehistoric times in Petchaburi province, including in the temple. He has also written and printed books in Thai about the temple’s designs that are available at SEA Junction.

For information/reservation please email southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa: 0970024140


SEA Junction, OUR Venue to Connect on Southeast Asia (see https://seajunction.org) SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/


February 23
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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