25 Jul

Deconstructed Screen Printing

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My friend Michelle Sirois Silver very generously hosted a small group of artists in her studio last week to do a quick workshop on deconstructed screen printing. It’s similar to regular screen printing but we made our screens by placing textured surfaces under the screen and then coating the screen until fully saturated with ink. The screens are left to dry and take on the texture of the surfaces underneath.

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My composition of textures before the ink is applied.

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The pot of ink before I applied it to the screen.

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The screen after all the ink is fully loaded into the screen.

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It took ages for the screen to dry, and in the meantime we worked on a freeform version of deconstructed screen printing, which I did not photograph. I used a rust coloured dye to create the screen and then printed it using a dark blue-grey onto fabric. Below is my final print with all the lovely textures.

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I am thinking about what do with these pieces of cloth I have printed. They may end up as patches on clothing or I could use the for a future sashiko stitching project.

Check out the work of Michelle Sirois Silver here.

© Rachael Ashe