Screen Printing

Screen printing is an incredibly versatile and age old technique of pushing ink through a mesh to create an even application of colour. Typically, this method is used to apply colour to fabric for clothing, homeware or on paper. Be inspired by the bold textile screen prints on Australian tea towels of the 1950’s through to the fine art of Any Warhol in the 1960s. In screen printing the relationship between positive and negative space can be explored through the use of stencils shapes or images.

Be given visual material to reference and be encouraged to make some simple drawings using the principles of screen printing. Cut your designs out of plastic coated paper using scalpel blades. Be encouraged to make design decisions and look at creating a simple repeat pattern. Learn to register your stencil with your surface. There is opportunity to practise on scrap fabric before printing your tea towel or bag.

Learning outcomes • Learn about hand-drawn and cut stencils, safe use of equipment, ink types and simple printing techniques using stencil paper. Learn about printing registration and squeegie handling.

Tutor: Jessica Stalenberg

Jess is an experienced Textile Designer and Illustrator currently working for Australian Fashion Designer, Camilla. She has a background in Fine Art Printmaking and studied a BVA at Sydney College of the Arts. Jess loves to inspire in others to make beautiful fabrics and has been an art educator for years. She has taught screen-printing, mural art and natural dye. Jess lived in Fiji in 2010 -2011 where she worked as an arts worker for a local NGO.