Following my love of risograph print, I've fallen in love with the screen print process! It's definitely longing and more tasking BUT the results are beautiful! I'm definitely going to need to find a print studio to use after I graduate...
This week, I've been printing like crazy! I spent all of Monday to Wednesday in the print studio, screen printing some recent designs in my current project process colours palette. I'm so pleased with the outcomes, and can submit them for my Final Major.
The beauty - and stress - of screen printing, is all of the little hand-done aspects along the way: It takes practice and learning from mistakes, to get 5 decent prints from 20 printed (one design proved particularly tricky!) For instance, I'm back working with the half-tone bitmap dots to shade and add texture to my work, which can prove tricky when printing. I've really enjoyed re-learning this printing skill for paper after printing on fabric for my short course. I've since received my own at-home print kit to experiment with!
Since being commissioned by and working with Art University Bournemouth's TheGallery on an event for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, I've been really interested in screen printing. I was honoured to attend the event evening and my limited edition screen prints proved popular! I was even lucky enough to feature on the catalogue for the evening's show.
I have always been intrigued by the use of colour within design, and am drawn to bold colours everywhere. So when I was invited on a private tour of Hella Jongerius' Breathing Colour exhibition, courtesy of Kvadrat with Spin Office, I was delighted! It being held at The Design Museum in London, was an added bonus as one of my favourite buildings to visit.
Visiting any exhibition you're interested is great, but having the pleasure of a tour guide to explain each piece in depth is incredible. Learning about the artist's thoughts behind each process to push to the next piece was so insightful and encouraging; the whole evening gave me so many new ideas.
Designer Hella Jongerius created a series of experiences and pieces to inspire us to look at colour more deeply, predominately using light at different times of day, and how colours behave next to others. The series mostly consisted of paper sculptures and textile pieces, to demonstrate this, under ever changing lighting systems.
One of the best things I took away from the tour, was her use of complimentary and contrasting colours, using two or a few alongside each other to literally make the colours pop! ~ I will definitely be taking these ideas into future pieces, observing more carefully the characteristics of hues and shades. ~ She also never used black to produce her shadows, which I admired; always using multiple variations around the colour wheel to build new hues.