Lines of Inquiry II

I have been trying hard not to lose the sense of momentum that I gained from the Michael Brennand-Wood workshop I did earlier this month. Without the excitement of the class atmosphere I find it all too easy to fall back into familiar practices and patterns.

I was pretty excited to realise that one very direct response that I could take from the class was to use one of the pieces I produced for it’s original purpose, as a screen to print from.

The screen with cut and stitched sections.

The screen with cut and stitched sections.

In the workshop the screen had been the frame for exploration of 3D layers with connecting threads between them. When it came to printing I first put the thickened dyes I use onto the ‘back’ of the screen and then placed paper directly onto it, carefully pressing down to transfer the image. The result is a subtle background with a much stronger transfer of colour where the original image remains on the screen.

Stitched and cut screen image using thickened dye on Japanese paper, 9 October 2013.

Stitched and cut screen image using thickened dye on Japanese paper, 9 October 2013.

In order to use the ‘front’ of the screen, the normal approach, I had to cut those strings that prevented me from running the squeegee across the screen.

The 'front' of the screen prior to printing.

The ‘front’ of the screen prior to printing.

Because the screen already had an exposed image on it, the thickened dyes only transferred to the paper where the original image was and where the screen had been cut away. This resulted in a very different image from the one above. I like the large amount of white space in this piece.

Image resulting from the 'front' of the screen. 9 October 2013.

Image resulting from the ‘front’ of the screen. 9 October 2013.

I have continued to use the same screen for printing, modifying it as I go. Most recently I combined the use of certain sections of the screen with other techniques to produce this multi-layered approach.

A combination of printing approaches, using the manipulated screen and de-contructed screen printing, with masking and overlapping. 25 October 2013.

A combination of printing approaches, using the manipulated screen and de-contructed screen printing, with masking and overlapping. 25 October 2013.

I think this is a very fruitful approach and I intend to continue exploring this idea at my next sessions at Megalo.

Printing at Megalo

On Friday I spent my first day printing at Megalo, our public access print facility, for the first time in over a year. There have been big changes as they have recently moved to a newly renovated building. It’s full of light and very pleasant to work in.

I had no specific plan of what i would print so I decided to play around. I’m pretty much a screen printer, but I like to be fairly unstructured in my print making approach. I generally print with dyes rather than pigments which allows for some very free image making and the ability to use some water colour techniques as well.

Printing at Megalo. The plastic sheeting is needed to protect the print table from the dyes.

Printing at Megalo. The plastic sheeting is needed to protect the print table from the dyes.

To make things a bit easier for myself I chose to print on A4 size sheets of Stonehenge paper. I also decided that I would just do whatever doodles came into my mind, no preciousness allowed. Here are two of my prints.

Screen print using dyes, 26 July 2013

Screen print using dyes, 26 July 2013

Screen print using dyes, 26 July 2013

Screen print using dyes, 26 July 2013

I’m really pleased with the outcomes and I’m looking forward to my next printing session. I thought I handled the long days printing quite well – that is until I got home and promptly fell asleep in front of the TV.

Intense print – 8 June 2011

Three days into an intensive session of printing at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. Preparation for a group exhibition later this year.

The blind stitching I’ve been doing onto cardboard has proved a valuable source material for my explorations.

 

Maymono

This is a monoprint using some of my blind stitching works.

The same pieces of work can also be used to make a texture on a screen, using techniques from a workshop I recently took with American textile artist Kerr Grabowski on deconstructed screen printing.

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