Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to a screen-printing workshop by East London screen print studio Print Club London. Located down an industrial but very trendy back alley in Dalston [aren't they all], Print Club is a members only screen-printing club for illustrators, designers and artists and provides a laid back and super creative environment for anyone who wants to screen-print.
I’ve never done any screen-printing in my life and have always been totally in awe of those who do, an art-form simultaneously creative and technical. My workshop was for beginners [costing £50 for the day] and introduced our small group to the basics of screen-printing with the aim of getting you up to a standard that allows you to print on your own in their studios. The workshop takes you through every stage from the history of screen-printing; from art working, exposing your screens and printing your image. By the end of the workshop you will produce an A4 image, approximately 6 copies.
It was a super relaxed environment and I felt like I was back at art school again. Our two very cool teachers Craig and Marco took us through the steps to achieve our desired print.
We were all asked to bring a piece of artwork on a USB stick which was projected it onto a large computer and we were shown how to sharpen the image for the best result for printing [beware of leaving any other material on the USB. I was left very red faced when large scale photos of myself posing with my pregnancy bump for my grandmother were projected up on screen!!!]. The correct image was then printed onto tracing paper. We spent the morning being taught the history and science behind screen-printing and exposing our screens in a dark room to burn our image onto the screen. Your image transferred onto the screen was really exciting to see!
After a lunch-break we spent a fun afternoon in teams getting messy and printing our designs. I was really worried about what to bring along to the workshop but drew a family tree the night before in anticipation of our baby [due in May] with the intention of inserting passport size pictures of family into the spaces.
I thoroughly recommend the class as a gift to a friend or just a new experience to share – it honestly felt so rewarding to learn a new skill and I left feeling inspired and very proud of myself! You can check out various Print Club London workshops here and membership options here.