Screen-Printing Workshop

To diversify my experiences from last year with mono-printing and etching, I opted for screen-printing.

Following an excellent presentation of technical possibilities, we reviewed an extensive range of examples of prints, covering numerous pieces produced by both, staff and students.

Tony Lee delivered a detailed demonstration of a variety of processes, while discussing alternatives to the time-typical practice. To my surprise, he also gave me all of my prints from last year’s workshop. I was astonished by this amazing surprise! Thank you Tony.

Brian Whitewick introduces us to the technical aspects of coating and developing screens. His knowledge and experience were excellent.

With his help, I was able able to achieve a crisp transfer of my images onto a silk screen.

Initially, I taped a screen and established a form of registration. I used a number of experimental techniques including masking, drizzling and flicking. I dragged the squeegee across and continuously overprinted my under-images with countless layers of harmonious colour transparencies. My creative intention was to achieve a sense of depth of colour and sensitivities of related textures. Subsequently, I used the same images as for the cyanotype workshop and developed both of the on the same screen.

Background colour considerations:

Using the screen, I overprinted the backgrounds using a similar range of techniques and ideas. Here again, my intention was to achieve effects of mysterious ambiguity, which forces viewers to interpret rather than read images. I was particularly intrigued by electric properties of a bright pink ink, when combined with rich and deep blues, and subdued yellows.
My final experimentation and printmaking proposals, which I subsequently developed, are dynamic and full of healthy curiosity of the painterly space. The subject matter is visually suggested and not described. When dry, I will continue to work with these prints to refine them and enhance their colour further through a range of digital processes , possibly extending to stop frame animation.

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