A little while ago I attended a two-day screenprinting workshop held by Harvest Textiles in Fremantle. I had a basic understanding of screen printing, but I was really excited about learning how to do repeat patterns (not just putting down the screen and hoping for the best).
On the first day we did a basic three layer design. I had brought a box of clippings from my garden which helped me shape my design. I’m pretty happy with how mine turned out. I don’t think you can go past a bit of neon.
On the second day I managed to do my first repeat pattern. I love the look of cityscapes and houses in artwork, so I decided to do my own version. I’m thinking of making a little lamp shade cover with the fabric.
I think that it’s such a nice feeling to print from hand (rather than on a printer) because you achieve a more textural quality to the final product that doesn’t feel so mass produced. I now want to screenprint everything and anything I can get my hands on so I’ve purchased a screen to practice at home with.