Screenprinting Refresher (Sep 2016)
Open to anyone with prior printing experience, this refresher workshop will assume that students already understand screenprinting and have previous experience, but are feeling out-of-practice or fuzzy regarding the finer points of the process. Students should have already completed a one-day workshop or full class, although it need not have been at Spudnik, or even in the recent past. We also welcome printers that would like support working through a particularly complex project or reoccurring printing issue.
Spudnik Press staff will review an assortment of skills such as: selecting the best mesh count, applying the perfect coat of photo emulsion, troubleshooting and identifying the source of exposure and printing issues, ink mixing, registration, and screen reclamation. Perhaps more importantly, we’ll learn how to take these technical factors into consideration when designing a project for screenprinting.
While students should have a project in the pipeline to put their newly learned skills to practice, during the workshop, students will choose from a variety of images designed to hone nuanced printing skills. During the workshops, each student will expose a screen, and work with peers to print a two-color image.
The workshop will end with Spudnik Press staff meeting with each printer to provide consultation for their next project, ensuring they are able to produce a fantastic project while avoiding technical issues. Plus, to help build confidence printing at Open Studio sessions, students are expected to return within the week (free of charge!) to put their freshly acquired knowledge to use. Through this workshop, students will not only brush up on old skills and become authorized to print at Spudnik, but are sure to walk away with new morsels of useful information regarding the art of screenprinting.