Block printing, or the transfer of an image from a wood or rubber block onto a surface, is one of the oldest methods of putting intricate designs onto clothing (and books, for that matter). Local arts-and-activism spot, The Sol Collective (2574 21st St., Sacramento), is giving a combination tutorial and history lesson on the art form on Saturday, June 15. Led by Mexican-American artist and Sol Collective member Luis Campos-Garcia (better known by his pseudonym, Lurac), the class will cover the cultural significance, history and techniques of relief-making. However, it will do so briefly, in order to save time for the main event: making your own designs. No experience (or artistic aptitude) is required. Lurac will guide students as they carve their own designs, which they will eventually use to make their own prints, both of which they can take home. The class has an emphasis on cloth printing, which means that you’ll finally be able to design the t-shirt of your dreams, all without having to pay a website $30 for a shirt that falls apart after one wash. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $20–30 per person. Scholarships available. Visit Facebook.com/solcollective for more info.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 13 of issue #293 (June 5 – 19, 2019)**