Screen printing and felt

Posted on Jul 17, 2013
Screen printing and felt

As soon as I walked into the West Yorkshire Print Workshop for my far anticipated screen printing session, I was thrown back to my student years at Huddersfield Polytechnic – everything about the workshop looked familiar, even that buzz  within me of inspired curiosity and creativity – all good; what I was not expecting though was that sudden wave of nostalgia, from the smell of paint and chemicals…

wypw workshop

a bunch of brushes slowly peeling off their protective varnish… the stacks of squeegees neatly piled on the shelves…

bunch of brushes

squeegees

and of course the indispensable single tap sink, taking on its very own artistic candour.

sink

Karen Stansfield, my tutor for the day, took me under her wing and expertly guided me through a refresher’s course, whilst giving me complete freedom to try out my images on various felt, cotton and silk samples I’d brought with me in preparation. Oh, and did we work hard!

I had been persuading myself for some time beforehand not to be too ambitious; the day was all about trying something new, going with the flow, learning from my mistakes – you know, as one does…? Well, the result are some fabulous tests pieces and experimental samples which I am still working into new artfelts.

screen printing

Screen printing

Screen printin

Screen Printing

The whole day superseded my expectations by far, thanks to Karen ‘s guidance and being so responsive to my unspoken aspirations… ;-) I will most certainly be going back soon.

4 Comments

  1. Rhoda
    January 29, 2015

    I really like the look of your artfelts. Adding screen printing is something I would be interested in doing with my feltwork. What did you use for inks?

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    • Valérie
      February 3, 2015

      Thank you Rhoda. I used System 3 textile medium mixed in equal measures with Daler Rowney acrylic paints.

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  2. Ruth Smith
    October 11, 2015

    Hi Valerie I met you today at the Great Northern Craft Fair. I loved your work so much i came back to have another look before going. I was wondering how you made your screen did you use a light developed process? Regards Ruth

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    • Valérie
      October 13, 2015

      Hello Ruth, thank you for your comment – I’m delighted you like my work. I use a photo emulsion method where screens are exposed to UV light, to then reveal a negative of my image from which I print onto my fabrics. I hope that makes sense… :-)

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