MA progress: Screen Printing

29 Feb

So, I haven’t mentioned on here yet that I started a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at UWE Bristol last September.
It is a 3 year course that I am doing on a part-time basis, so just one day a week.
Man, it’s been a tough gig so far. It seemed like a brills idea at the time, but then I got up the duff on literally the first week and life has been a struggle since then, woah Mama…

The course has been a mixed bag so far, with some really brilliant days and then some really annoying times too. It has taken a lot of getting used to being back in the university system again. It is 11 years since I finished my degree in Graphic Design at the same college. I am so used to working for myself these days and often have very tight time restraints on everything whilst working around childcare and general life duties. University life in comparison is   s   l   o   w   and disorganised and there seems to be a disproportionately large amount of time factored in for tea breaks. On the face of it, that sounds quite nice, doesn’t it? But in reality, I find it  incredibly frustrating and I’d rather just be making the most of my time.

Aaaaanyhoo – I thought I should post up some of the things I have been working on. The first module was all workshop based, so there has been lots of experimenting with different techniques. We never worked on any one method for longer than a day, so I have lots of random samples of different things.
The first week was screen printing. It was kinda cool. We made images on Folex, exposed them to the screens and then made a couple of prints from that before washing everything up again. It was short but sweet.

The image I made on the Folex was made by sticking on torn up paper and painting with ink:

Here is a pic of the finished print:

I quite like it, but I think I could have mixed the colour a bit better. I am so used to doing everything digitally, it is really hard not to look at something like this and not want to just tweak it by 1mm here or there or to change the colour by the odd %.

Screen printing is cool, but there are so many people who are completely brills at it, that it kinda puts me off…
That sounds ridiculous, I know. Maybe I’ll pluck up the courage to try it again one day!

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3 Responses to “MA progress: Screen Printing”

  1. GSB February 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    arent flaws in screenprinting like the crackle and scratch on vinyl?!

    • birdface February 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

      this is very true, GSB – but being the cantankerous soul that I am, were it possible to put crackly vinyl into my computer, I would no doubt compulsively photoshop out all those lovely imperfections pronto. it’s an affliction.

  2. Silkie lloyd March 1, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I seem to spend my time trying to artificially create those lovely imperfections …and it’s never as good as the real thing…breaking free from the computer..how lovely! Catch up soon? silk x

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