Screen-printing textiles for beginners

Free to Fall

No booking fee

Regular price $140.00

Fancy an afternoon of creativity and making in a screen-printing studio? Why not book into a screen-printing workshop in Free to Fall’s Healesville studio, nestled on a hill overlooking Healesville, deep in the heart of the Yarra Valley. These workshops are an introduction to screen-printing on textiles and no experience is necessary.

Where: Healesville, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges


The plan

This workshop provides an introduction to screen-printing through a 4-hour session. The studio is small and cosy, so class sizes are limited to 4 people. This offers lots of one-on-one time with Vanessa, which will enable you to make the most of your time printing.

You will be guided through the process of screen-printing textiles using our existing stencils. On calico, you will learn how to print using a screen and squeegee while experimenting with printing and layering colours. Once you feel confident with the process, you will have the opportunity to design your own paper stencils, which you will print onto two linen tea towels. Depending on the complexity of your image, you can print two different designs or a matching set.

A Free to Fall screen-printing workshop is the ideal opportunity to add a creative flavour to your day-trip or weekend away.

The fruits of your labour

Each participant will complete the workshop with 2 x hand screen-printed tea towels.

Local pastries and tea and coffee will be supplied

As a thank you for being a part of the workshop, each participant will receive a 25% discount off any product in the Free to Fall range, purchased that day.

The kit required

All materials are supplied

Please bring an apron or wear clothing that you don't mind getting colourful.
Free to Fall produces a range of homewares and accessories made from hand screen-printed textiles. Based in the Yarra Valley, Free to Fall was founded by Vanessa Imberger in 2018 and is a culmination of her creative life’s work.

With a background in graphic design, Vanessa began screen-printing to explore a more tactile approach to making. The methodical nature of printing and the joy of creating beautiful objects by hand remained an important part of her personal art making, as she took an alternate career path as an art teacher in secondary schools.

Many years later Vanessa’s creative drive to further her screen-printing practice was ever present. Upon moving to Healesville, the opportunity arose to create a studio in an old shed on her property and the creation of Free to Fall began. Vanessa applies her love of colour, texture and pattern to her design process. Taking inspiration from her surroundings, she draws on patterns and repetition found in everyday objects to create bold and dynamic designs. Drawing her artworks by hand and transferring them to silk screens, Vanessa hand-prints fabric lengths in her studio, which are then sewn by a Melbourne based seamstress.

Forever the teacher, Vanessa has an educational stream to her business, offering screen-printing workshops in her studio and incursions in schools and organisations. These programs allow her to combine her skill and passion for screen-printing and education, enriching others in their creative endeavours.