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.
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.
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.
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! Click on the image to
view an enlargement.
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.
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.