Friday, 4 September 2009

Screen printing my scarves at WYPW.

For the last couple of weeks I've been visiting the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield near Dewsbury. It's a fantastic and cheap facility for artists to use. So far I have printed my sushi design on silk and cotton. And I've printed my Human Rights text onto cotton. I still have my Cherry Blossom and Seed Head designs to print. I've had to learn how to coat and expose the screens, which is useful. But the whole process of screen printing can be very time consuming. I'm not sure people realise how much time it takes.

This following photograph is me setting up the red cotton material for printing. I printed onto this material with magenta which looks fantastic on the red. This scarf is going to be finished off with an orange ribbon trim.

This is me printing the purple Human Rights text scarf. I found on printing onto the cotton that I had to give it six goes for the ink to take and show up nicely on the material.

I think the purple is possibly my favourite colour of this print. The words have actually come out really well. This scarf is going to be finished with a nice deep purple ribbon trim.

The following two photographs are of one of my sushi prints. I've printed onto a silk ready-made scarf in violet and I am hand painting pink into the design. The scarf will then be finished off with a pink organza ribbon edging.