More from The MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Foray into Silkscreening on Fabric

July 23, 2010

More on the fabric printing meeting on Monday.

Above: The clothes line started to fill up by the end of the evening. I can see Lynn Fisher's cup at the far left (more on this later). I don't know who did the dark patterns and cage-like pattern. Bottom center, white shirt with stepped pattern of rectangles was one of Theresa Harsma's designs. The beach girl with hat is Jean Shannon's design, which you saw her printing in Monday's post.

Unusual time constraints actually were beneficial this week. Instead of one huge post on the July meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective you're going to get 3 smaller ones. The first, of course on Tuesday was a short film of Jean Shannon silkscreening.

ClaresFabric0248 Right: the drying rack festooned with Clare Farrell's intricately patterned tree. Clare printed her design on a selection of prints and solid fabrics.

Today I'm going to show you some of the wonderful pieces that were made. Then sometime next Friday I'll post my samples to show you what not to do with line quality if you want to pursue this process. In that post I'll also have info on how to get your screens made so you can try this at home.

LynnsFabric0245 Left: Here's a close up view of Lynn Fisher's tea cup drawing. She arrived with a fine-line and grayscale copy of her color sketch that Karen Wallach suggested she redraw with a thicker pen for better transfer. Lynn held her drawing up to the window (it was still daylight out) and restated her lines. We all loved the dynamic result—Lynn printed it on fabric, on t-shirts and on paper for her journal (of course). I think it works great just as a poster. (The towels were used for padding during the silkscreening process.)

But today's post is all about eye-candy. It was a boisterous and fun group on Monday night, all eager to try their hand at this silkscreening technique.

Suzannesfabric0247 Left: Suzanne Hughes also redrew her owl artwork with a thicker pen. She has been drawing owls to demonstrate art techniques to her high school art students. She printed this delightful image on fabric, paper, and on a gift bag!
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I was unable to get photographs of everyone's work—people started to iron (and heat set) their dried images as the evening wound down. And some folks had to depart early. But I think you can see from the samples here that people were productive and ended up with cool art to take home and an understanding of a new technique that is available to them. I'm pretty sure several of those present will be turning other journal sketches into fabric (and paper) silkscreen prints in the near future! Check back for more details on the process and how to get screens in next Friday's post.

Mollyscreening0243 Left: Molly Anthony prints a dog screen. Karen Wallach had several pre-made screens that participants were encouraged to use, practice with, whatever. Molly ended her evening by printing this dog image on a smart art apron in gold metallic ink.

    • Frank Bettendorf
    • July 23, 2010

    Exciting to see the results and imagine the possibilities. What a wonderful, creative group! It would be difficult for me to attend this session and then go home and try to sleep, very stimulating.

  1. Reply

    Frank, it’s great to hear from you. I was just thinking about writing you a note! I hope things are going well.

    You are right, it is difficult to fall asleep after these meetings. I ended up staying up very late (after midnight) on this night, thinking about what I would like to do with the process and what artwork I might like to use.

    I have just finished writing the follow up post which will go up NEXT Friday. It contains images of what I printed and the problems I had with the thin line quality I used. Things to avoid. It was a great experience to see what the tolerances were and so as usual, after experimenting I came home with my mind a buzz with ideas.

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    This looks like such fun! Oh how I wish I lived close by.

  3. Reply

    Melly, it was a fun evening. And it is a great group. We have a core group of people who come to almost every meeting and then a bunch of others who rotate—all very creative.

    Next Friday I’m posting the final portion of this series and it has info on ordering screens so you could do it at home with a group of people. And I know you do stuff with fabric so you’ll love it.

  4. Reply

    Fantastic blog…
    Mmm, I live in Perth Western Australia…we need something like this over here…LOVE Roz’s sketches…I’m too shy to share mine just yet!

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    Julie, the great thing about visual journaling is that it’s for YOU, the author-artist, and there is no requirement that you share your sketches—just keep making them, just keep exercising that creative muscle!! Perth is a lovely town by the way (or at least my memory of it is)—great water and of course swans. You have much to record!

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