Expressive Textile Printing with Dawn Dupree

Last week I was back at West Dean for another module of my Foundation Diploma, I had an absolute ball screen-printing on plant based fabrics (cottons, linen etc), guided by Dawn Dupree. We had a fantastic group and everyone was happy but exhausted by the end of our magical 3 days together. These are some of the pieces I made:

These first few prints were painted onto the screen and then print paste was squeegeed through to transfer the image to the cloth, it opens up lots of opportunity for different mark making and generally produced nice bright colours but is limited in that it is essentially a mono-print technique.

These next two prints were made using the same method but the muslin (cheesecloth) was under the cotton scrim during the printing so that the excess dye was caught by the muslin. This produced a feint print on the muslin that I added to by painting dyes directly onto the cloth.

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I am planning to felt these 2 pieces to make nuno felt hangings.

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This little chap from Costa Rica was printed from a line drawing that I transferred to the screen using photo emulsion. I wasn’t happy with the colour intensity of the initial print so again hand painted with the dyes directly onto the cloth, I am planning to add at least one more layer of colour to add some more depth as it still looks a bit flat.

This print also used the spider-monkey screen but also used some direct dyes and paper stencils for the leaf and discharge paste with splashes of yellow pigment for the off-white background.

 

This print was onto some commercially dyed (blue) cotton, the fish were screen printed with discharge paste mixed with some red pigment and the ripples were discharge paste painted on with a paint brush. The white highlights are silver foil.

 

These last 3 pieces used a combination of the techniques, mono-printing, direct dye (printed and painted directly onto the cloth), discharge paste and pigments suspended in binder. I even  managed to use the gecko and hibiscus stencils I made in Ruth Lane’s screen-printing on felt class. Click here for more information on that class.

 

 

Now the million dollar question… what to do with all these new pieces of fabric?

Parrot Eating Sea Monster Part 2

I rearranged the green stripes on the pectoral fins and I’m much happier with the finer stripes.

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Ceci requested marbles for eyes and chose the traditional cats eyes type.

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Starting to make the spikes for the monster’s back.

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It has been a busy weekend and the monster is almost finished, it just needs a tongue ramp and the perch to be installed on the inside once it has dried. I’m rather pleased with how the eyes on stalks have turned out, they are very comical, I will try to get a photo of the nearly finished cave tomorrow or Tuesday.

While waiting for the cave to dry I have been doing a bit more screen printing, playing with some different stamps / resists:

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The larger and simple stamps worked quite well just dipping them in print paste and stamping onto the screen, but the more detailed stamps only really worked if the paste was squeegeed over them through the screen.

This is the print from the stamped (left) and squeegeed staps on a deconstructed screen.

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The elastic bands made a nice deconstructed screen:

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And these are the prints it gave:

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I also had a play with some paper resists:

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And of course printed into my sketchbook to use up the left over paste:

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For those of you reading by email, this is the link to the web page: blog post

Experimental Screen Printing Week 3

This week’s class has been more focused on resists. While last week was more about applying colour in a pattern to the screen and then printing through it so you get both colour from the pattern and the space around it, today has been more about positive and negative spaces, and when used with the deconstructed printing techniques, or previously printed fabrics, it opens up a whole new raft of possibilities…

This is the first technique:

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After fixing, much of the green colour washed out yielding a lower contrast between the green and yellow, this has potential as a background for more screen printing :):IMG_6046

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Combining technique #1 with some circular resists:

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After fixing:

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Technique #3 involved making our own stencils, this was quite a neat process and one I can see myself doing again (it is a lot cheaper than buying thermofax screens that’s for sure):

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After fixing I was pleased to see the purple didn’t completely overpower the base print on the right hand side, if you look closely you can see different shades of blue / violet around the edge:

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I was a little bit naughty and bought a couple of thermofax screens, the leaf is alright but I am most impressed with the chrysanthemum flower (in fact I got a little carried away with it). It is a little bit prone to “ghosting” though, so you need to keep cleaning it between prints but I like it so much I am now debating on using this on the dress I am currently making from nuno felt.

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After fixing, the green colour faded significantly again but the violet is just as vibrant as when it was first screened:

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This is a print with “ghosting”:

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Again, the sketchbook was perfect for mono-printing the remaining print paste from the screens at the end of each print run.

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De-constructed Screen Printing Part 3

This is week 3 of Ruth Lane’s Experimental Screen Printing class but before starting on the new methods, I still had a deconstructed screen that I made last week to use. I’m not sure if it was applying the print paste to the flat side of the screen or leaving it to dry for a week but it lasted much longer than the others.

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I used a double resist for these first few prints (I couldn’t “resist” 😉 using at least one of this week’s techniques!), firstly on wet prefelt, I clearly didn’t do a very good job of cleaning this screen as you can still see the bubble wrap print in the top left circle:

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After fixing, even though I let the print paste dry first, the colours still bled:

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The same screen on dry prefelt:

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After fixing, I really like this piece although I am contemplating cutting out the discs to use in a project. I don’t want to print / dye over it as I like the patterns as they are:

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You can still see the bubble wrap sneaking through:

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More conventional screening onto dry prefelt:

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The same piece after fixing:

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This time, screening onto wet felt, I love how the wet felt and released the blue pigment. The right hand side was some mono-printing with bubble wrap:

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After fixing, although this is the smallest piece by a long way (only 15 x 20 cm) it is my favourite out of this batch. This might just be a coincidence but using wet felt vs wet prefelt seems to make the colours bleed less:

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Then I really started to work the screen quite hard to try to get the blue lines to come though, I ended up pouring some water over the middle section, I think you can see the wool is slightly darker and it was a very effective way of releasing the blue colour, so much so that it almost appears black in places.

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After fixing:

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Repeating the same process to release the remaining blue colour around the edges of the screen:

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After fixing:

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Finally, on Ruth’s recommendation, I used my sketchbook to mop up any remaining print paste at the end of each print run, I’m not sure how I will use these, (most of my sketchbooks read like a technical manual of hare-brained felt oddities, I rarely ever paint or draw in them for pleasure) but I think most of them are attractive already:

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For those of you reading by email, this is the link to the web page: blog post

De-constructed Screen Printing Part 2

Today I got to use the screens I made yesterday and these are the results…

The bubble wrap screen on dry felt:

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After steaming, it’s odd how the red has washed out leaving a yellowy-orange and paler red:

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The bubble wrap screen on wet felt (too wet felt 🙁 , all the colours blended to a sludgy brown mess by the time it came out of the steamer)

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After steaming:

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This was a piece of nuno felt I pressed into the dye left on the bubble wrap after making the screen:

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And then printed over the top with the same screen turned 90 degrees:

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After steaming:

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Bubble wrap and oak leaves:

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I didn’t get the red dye from the screen coming through until the 3rd section, so went back and did another print on the middle section, I can’t decide if that was a mistake, because now it has adouble-vision effect:

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After steaming:

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Then I pulled some green print paste across the same screen over a yellow felt, I was aiming for an autumnal effect, gold, orange and green…

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And repeated the process to fill in some of the yellow space.

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After steaming, again the red has washed out along with some of the green:

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The white felt below was damp and was printed from this screen:

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After steaming:

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These are a couple of other prints I made from the same screen with different shades of green:

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I made another screen by drawing with the print paste, its not as easy as you might think…

You can’t see it in the picture but there is a piece of prefelt under the screen, picking up any print paste that goes through.

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And once dry, I screened some turquoise screen paste through it, onto the piece of prefelt now stuck to the back of the screen. Although the printing isn’t that even, I really like this one, it has the feel of a faded photograph about it.

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After steaming, again most of the dye has washed out and I’m not sure why:

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And then onto some damp prefelt:

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I really like the first print from this set, the drawings rapidly degraded after that, here’s a close up of the first one:

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After steaming:

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And some close ups:

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I also had a bit of a play with screening through some stencils, I pinned a piece of habouti silk over a piece of felt, then laid the stencil followed by the screen. I did not add detergent to the print paste for this one.

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After steaming:

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This one I did add a drop of detergent before laying the bead:

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After steaming:

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and another this time with a leaf paper lamination “stencil”:

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After steaming:

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All of the silk prints “bled”, creating fuzzy, disappointing images but I am happy with how all of the felt images turned out.

These are some of the prints I took while making the screens:

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Finally I drew another screen, this time with the paste on the flat side of the screen to see if it will last a little longer. This one is busy drying ready to use another day…

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