As some of you may know I share a studio with expert commercial screen printer Get Casual. Over the last ten years I have collaborated with Get Casual on a variety of projects, from art prints, products and packaging. Hayley, the founder of Get Casual, has been running the print works for fifteen years, and spotted a trend for customers who wanted to print limited runs of their own designs. In response she has set up one day courses where ‘students’ can print small runs of T-shirts, posters, bags or tea towels. We thought it was time to get our hands dirty!
I have been a fan of Wrap magazine for a number of years, acting as a contributors as well as designing for their card and wrapping paper ranges. The one day screen print workshop was a unique opportunity to talk with founders Chris and Polly while working on a new collaborative print. Marcus explains: “As designers in a digital world it is easy to forget the joys of the analogue process; mixing inks, printing by hand and manually registering each screened layer. I feel lucky that my creative process involves plenty of hands on work, from drawing out ideas, creating collage artwork or printing. For me the computer is often the end point, the tool I use to finish the job.”
Hayley explained each stage of the print process, from preparing and coating our screens, to exposing the artwork. We decided to print on tea towels and each produced a short run before over-printing on top of each other’s patterns. As with all experimental artworks that unknown element adds an extra dimension; water based inks create new colours as they overlap, and new positive and negative spaces result in new shapes. We ended the day energised and full of ideas as to how the process might translate into new work and possible collaborations – Watch this space.
Get Casual Screen printers are based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, (only 1.5 hrs. from London!) One day print workshops start from £75 including lunch and are held on Friday’s and Saturdays throughout the year. Go to www.getcasual.com for more information and booking.