Diary of A Screen Printer: 2017 Edition


If you follow me on social media, you might be expecting this post, it might be overdue and it might be saying things that you already know. Do you know what the good thing about paying for your own internet space is? You can write about whatever you like. (A bit like how living alone means you can listen to Slipknot loudly like you're still 15). It's no secret that I fell in love with printing methods in college, and it's no secret that this is not the first time I've fallen down a screenprinting hole. Depending on how long you've followed (read: cared) about what exactly I do you'll remember how it started the third time: Diary of A Screen Printer (2015).

So what changed? What's new?

  • As much as I like delicate lines, they are not me.
    • I'd love to be able to devote the time and energy to create really delicate pieces, but it's just no viable currently.
  • A simple colour palette is everything
    • Screenprinting is all about layers, it's about creating the same thing over and over again, a way to create multiples with a hand-finished touch that has more love than a print out a printer.
  • Watching a screen dry is akin to watching paint dry.
    • There is a LOT of sitting around waiting for prints and screens to dry, giving me ample time to re-asses as I go.
  • I still love repetition.
    • When I graduated my artistic practice became about creating the same thing over and over again, and that still holds true. I am fascinated by it, the pattern of not just creating but behaviours related to creating and ritual.
    • As a student I remember being told I should mix my own colours up. Fair enough, I get it, it shows more skill, it shows that you know the theory of colour but in working with just CMYK or RGB I give space for the colours to mix on the paper themselves, I give space for the colour to behave how it wishes, and that is really special.

So where do I go from here? I have thoughts, of doing a give-away on instagram, of selling, but the faith I have in myself is slim and I don't feel like that fits me right now. I'm struggling to work out what to do with previous experiments; there are so many.

But please, don't leave me just yet, there's more this story, I promise.

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