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{Lessons in Design} Screen Printing


Posted by Abbey on Apr 16, 2012

I did it! and its brilliant!

WHAT? i hear you mumble...

I. SCREENPRINTED.

and its brilliant!

It’s hard to think of a more iconic or visually boom-in-your-face craft than screenprinting, which has maintained a steady air of cool since its "pop"ularisation by 60s pop-art greats Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg.

Writing about his Marilyn Monroe prints, Warhol said “...you get the same image, slightly different each time. It was all so simple quick and chancy. I was thrilled with it". This sense of thrill is the appeal for many screenprint artists...

Great, but where did it all begin?

Derived from stencilling, screenprinting originated in China in the 900s. The technique made its way to Western Europe in the 18th century but was not commonly used until the wider availability of silk mesh from the East. In England, screenprinting was patented in 1907 as a technique for producing fine silk and linen wallpaper. In 1910 printers experimented with creating stencils from photo-sensitive chemicals to develop a more industrial process. Although screenprinting was used by artists long before the 1900s, the term “Serigraphy” emerged in the 1930s to differentiate the artistic application from its commercial use.

Writing about his Marilyn Monroe prints, Warhol said “...you get the same image, slightly different each time. It was all so simple quick and chancy. I was thrilled with it". This sense of thrill is the appeal for many screenprint artists.

There's something very satisfying about every stage of screen printing from the design, to the deciding of colours, the mixing of inks and that feeling of excitement when you pull the first print and take a peek - I imagine it never gets boring. It's so satisfying, and at the risk of sounding overly romantic, it's a magical process.

So what did we get upto, take a look...

Brilliant hey? I just loved every minute of it.

The final few images are just a few of the many examples of gorgeous print work in the studio...

So how can you get involved?

Visit Print Club and say I sent you!

AML xx

 

 

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2 comments on “{Lessons in Design} Screen Printing

  1. Claire Hawkes on said:

    I’m so excited to see to hear about your adventures into screen printing! It’s a very addictive and satisfying medium isn’t it. I absolutely cannot wait to become a fully fledged member of Print Club next month. Hopefully I’ll be seeing you there!

    X x

    • Abbey on said:

      absolutely! it is all so exciting and totally satisfying! you feel like you’v really achieved something! xx