Saturday, June 16, 2012

Low Relief Screen Printing (LRSP)
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Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Preamble
This blogspot exhibits many of my students outputs from a variety of workshops. There are one, two and five day workshops as well as workshops that have a different focus. Nevertheless, it always surprises me how much I learn from my students and how enthusiastic they are to learn and so for your convenience, I have listed these posts below.

The University of Newcastle Multi-Media Course
The University of Newcastle (Newcastle and Ourimbah Campuses, NSW, Australia) 2008 to 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
ATASDA, Sydney, NSW. It was held at Dence Park on 28th - 29th August 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Day One)
”Stitching and Beyond” textile group at the West Winds Community Centre, Woodbridge, Tasmania (Australia) 2nd and 3rd October 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Day Two)
”Stitching and Beyond” textile group at the West Winds Community Centre, Woodbridge, Tasmania (Australia) 2nd and 3rd October 2010.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye & Transfer Printing
“Wrapt in Rocky” Biennial Textile Forum/Conference Program, Rockhampton (Australia) 25th June - 1st July 2010.

One and Two Day Disperse Dye Workshops
Various Textile Groups (Australia) 2008 - 2011.

Five Day Workshop - In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
“Wrapt in Rocky” Textile Fibre Forum Conference (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia) 29th June - 5th July 2008.

Advance Silk Screen Printing
Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Queensland (Australia) 10th April 2011.

One Day Workshop - In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
The Victorian Feltmakers Inc. (Melbourne, Australia) 14th May 2011.

One Day Workshop: In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Felted and Silk Fibers)
Victorian Feltmakers Inc (Melbourne, Australia) 15th May 2011.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye & Transfer Printing
SDA (Minneapolis, USA) June 13th – 17th 2011.

Five Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
Orange Textile Fiber Forum (Australia, 19th - 25th April 2009.

Five Day Disperse Dye Master Class – Barbara Scott
Art Quill Studio, Arcadia Vale (Australia) 15th - 19th August 2011.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye & Transfer Printing
Fiber Arts Australia (Hunters Hill, Sydney) 26th September - 1st October 2011.

One Day Workshop – Improvisational Screen Printing
Newcastle Printmakers Workshop Inc. (Newcastle, Australia) 5th November 2011.

5 Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
Geelong Fiber Forum (Geelong, Australia) 27th September - 3rd October 2009.

Two Day Workshop - Deconstructed and Polychromatic Screen Printing
Beautiful Silks (Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia) 20th - 21st March 2010.

Two Day Workshop – Disperse Dye & Transfer Printing
ATASDA (Sydney, Australia) 23rd - 24th June 2012.

MSDS Demonstration at Zijdelings
Tilburg, The Netherlands, October, 2012.

Five Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
Fibre Arts@Ballarat (Victoria, Australia), 6th – 12th April 2013.

Two Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
EFTAG, Tuross Head (NSW, Australia),13th - 14th April 2013.

Two Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
Zijdelings Studio (Tilburg, The Netherlands) 9th to 10th October 2014.

PCA - Celebrating 50 Years in 2016
Art Quill Studio 2016 Workshop Program.

Image Dreamings: Basic Silk Screen Printing Workshop - Part I
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

Image Dreamings: Basic Silk Screen Printing Workshop - Part II
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

In Pursuit of: Improvisational Screen Printing Workshop
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia)

In Pursuit of: Low Relief Screen Printing (LRSP) Workshop
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

Art Quill Studio 2017 Workshop Program
2017 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

In Pursuit of: Low Relief Screen Printing (LRSP)
2017 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).


Introduction
Over the past few years, I have been experimenting with various improvisational screen printing techniques using low relief textured items and so I have developed a new signature method of screen printing low relief images using fabric paints. I have termed this technique - Low Relief Screen Printing (LRSP).

LRSP images are a non-permanent surface media producing only one print with each pass that results in a mono print series of prints. The images created have a lovely organic quality and lend themselves to interesting color combinations, which can add further interest to the textural quality of the printed works.

The technique is not too dissimilar to Kerr Grabowski’s Deconstructed Screen Printing (DSP), a printing/mono print technique that allows for a freer approach to screen printing. She prints with thickened dyes over low relief textured surfaces; the dye is allowed to dry in the silk screen then printed onto fabric using release paste. The paste gradually dissolves the dried dye, which results in the image “deconstructing” as successive prints are being created until no more can be printed.

I have adapted this technique to enable the printing of low relief textured surfaces using fabric paint and acrylic print paste. Unlike DSP, where the thickened dye impressions dry in the screen, the fabric paint impressions cannot dry in the screen without damaging the silk screen. Fabric paints are acrylic based and dry fast. Therefore, this fabric paint property ensures that you can have immediate results when printing using this technique.

That is where any similarity ends between DSP and LRSP. Whilst in DSP the images breakdown and deconstruct until no image remains on the screen, in the LRSP technique it builds on previous screen colors, melding and then intermixing with the next color. The amount of prints created using LRSP technique can be endless (as long as your relief items are durable). You can print six or six hundred prints by continually changing colors with each successive print.

My technique can also be readily adapted to screen print other direct print techniques using inexpensive and readily available materials such as talcum powder, wax and tape. Note: for the talcum powder prints see below for some examples that my students have done in past workshops using the LRSP technique (which I teach as exercises in my LRSP workshop).

By incorporating interesting color combinations and items, these low relief mono prints are imbued with a painterly, multi colored, richly textured and organic aesthetic. LRSP is an exciting technique for artists who have a penchant for the serendipitous!

I hope you enjoy some of my new LRSP images as well as those of my students.

Marie-Therese.

LRSP Employing Ferns And Other Low Relief Items
All images below were generate using the LRSP technique on cotton and employing ferns, bubble wrap, and other low relief items. Below are some of the demonstrations and exercises that students in the LRSP workshops are shown and taught.

Low relief silkscreen print employing ferns and bubble wrap.

Low relief silkscreen print employing ferns and flora material.

Low relief silkscreen print employing ferns and flora material.

Low relief silkscreen print employing ferns and textured papers.

Low relief silkscreen print employing ferns and textured papers.

First mono print taken from the ferns and textured papers on the base print surface at the end of printing.

Second mono print taken from the ferns and textured papers on the base print surface at the end of printing.


LRSP Employing Talcum Powder – Student’s Output
All images below were generated in a workshop by students using the LRSP technique employing talcum powder prints on cotton.

Jeannie Henry - Talcum powder silkscreen prints overprinted with masking tape silkscreen prints using ombre print technique on a white background.

Jeannie Henry - Talcum powder silkscreen print on a multi hue printed background.

Di Flint - Talcum powder silkscreen print on a multi hue printed background.

Di Flint - Negative space print overprinted with a talcum powder silkscreen print using ombre color print technique.

Di Flint - Multi hue printed background overprinted with directly imaged wax prints in blue paint. Surface layer printed using talcum powder silkscreen prints.

Helen Forrest - Talcum powder silkscreen prints using ombre print technique on a pale yellow background.

Helen Forrest - Talcum powder silkscreen prints using ombre print technique on a pale yellow background.

7 comments:

Flora Fascinata said...

Astonishingly lovely! Can't wait to have a really good look through your posts. Flora

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

These prints are really nice!

Art Quill Studio said...

Thanks Flora and Terry for your kind comments !

Judy said...

These are fabulous! When are you coming back to the States to teach, AND will you be teaching this? (I sure hope so!)

taxingwoman said...

Brilliant! I'll try slipping under the screen the items I've been placing on the Gelli plate for mono prints.

Art Quill Studio said...

Thanks for your kind comments Judy and Katherine !

Judy, I've had a few queries with respect to tutoring the LRSP technique and will look at organising a future teaching program in the USA. Will let you know as soon as I have a program in place (via the blog and emails).

Katherine, all the best with your series of LRSP prints. Looking forward to seeing your prints . . . have fun !

Yvonne said...

Wow, really impressing!