Deconstructed screen printing. Sounds intriguing? It's a fascinating twist on traditional screen printing developed by Kerr Grabowski. Basically, you apply thickened dyes to a printing screen and use a release paste (just clear dye thickener) to gradually release the color from the screen onto the fabric in a number of successive prints. You can also use found objects to impress textures into the dyes. Check out Kerr's website for more detailed info and to see video snippets.
10 of the Piedmont Silk Painters met at Marcia Ferris' studio to try out this process. Marcia and Joanna, who had done this before, led the session.
Some more overlapping prints. Still no blue! DCP is propbably one of the most unpredictable silk painting techniques... you really never know what you're going to get!
Here Marcia is using green dye to print over a screen with scribbled lines of dye on it.
Now it's our turn! The next set of photos shows everyone's project in various stages of completion. This technique takes a while to get the hang of...
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Here's the group with finished pieces... quite a learning experience!
And here's mine. I didn't do too well on the deconstructed part... the square on the lower left is the print I got from my initial screen where I had pressed string and mesh into the dyes for texture. But I didn't have enough dye on my screen and I only got 1 print from it. The other areas were created by laying objects directly on the silk and printing over them.
Deconstructed screen printing sure is a lot of fun with endless possibiblities but requires a lot more practice!
This piece seems to be asking for quilting and embellishment, or cutting into pieces and reconstructing.... it will go into my scrap bag and re-emerge when it calls to me!