Reclaiming Screens – Ghosting

Have you got trouble with ghosting?

Does your screen look like this?

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David Hand had an old screen and was so impressed with the results he sent before and after pictures. He told us “Hi. I just wanted to say the products I used to reclaim this screen were excellent. That pattern had been on there for six/seven years. Great stuff!

This is the photo he sent us of the finished results

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Haze Paste remover is a great solution if you have any ghosting left on your screen which is common when using waterbased inks as they dye the mesh.  Our range includes the premium MacDermid Autohaze will deals with the most stubborn stains. There is a reason why we select our products because we want you to get the same kind of results. We have been very impressed by this product which is why we are authorised distributors.  Haze Paste. on the Wicked Print Stuff website

Screen Printing Fabric from Insley & Nash

Our client Insley & Nash first opened their doors 5 years ago in a tiny studio in Greenwich.

Finding that all the fun parts of screen printing like metallic inks, foiling and devore were in such demand, the company soon outgrew the small self-built studio and moved into a train arch in Deptford.

The company has grown into one of the most innovative and exciting modern textile manufacturing facilities in the UK.

 

Specialising in bespoke screen printing and dyeing, Insley & Nash offer the highest quality textile solutions for world-renowned clients such as Disney and Kensington Palace.

The company expanded last year to include Digital textile printing through their sister brand &Digital. The service is offered through a unique and modern website, catering for the growing digital conscience client.

Most recently Insley & Nash have been shortlisted for the UKFT Textile Business of the Year Award.

Loads more information on their website, do have a look www.insleyandnash.co.uk

 

Ps in case you wondered according to Wiki “Devoré (also called burnout) is a fabric technique particularly used on velvets, where a mixed-fibre material undergoes a chemical process to dissolve the cellulose fibers to create a semi-transparent pattern against more solidly woven fabric. The same technique can also be applied to textiles other than velvet, such as lace or the fabrics in burnout t-shirts.[1]

Devoré comes from the French verb dévorer, meaning literally to devour”

 

Cambrian Wool Challenge – Woolly Thinking | Nant Designs

One of our clients gave us a link this fascinating blog about her project using hand printed images.
The National Wool Museum at Drefach Felindre and the whir of its spinning frame is practically within hearing distance of where I live and so it has become a favourite place to spend time drawing the machinery, patterns and artifacts associated with the weaving industry. Childhood experiences of trips to the Ffestiniog railway and driving my fathers miniature steam trains have encouraged a fascination with large oily machines and industrial archaeology in general.

Combine these two facts with an obsession with making books, both for use as a sketch books or ‘artists’ books’ filled with prints, sketches and ephemera based around a common subject, and the idea for my book began to evolve.

I began by gathering together material from sketch books and taking photographs of anything related to wool and weaving. Having built up a bank of images, textures and patterns they were digitally enhanced to create positive, black and white stencils which were used with light sensitive emulsion to transfer the image onto a silk screen ready for hand printing.

The prints were made on heavyweight watercolour paper, hand torn to create attractive edges. Printing intuitively, pairs of pages received multiple layers of images using translucent water based printing ink, before drawings and moving elements were added………

via Cambrian Wool Challenge – Woolly Thinking | Nant Designs.

About ‘a space’ arts a Wicked client

The History of ‘a space’ arts

In July 2000 the organisation’s founding members, frustrated with the limited opportunities for emerging artists in Southampton set about laying the foundations to an organisation that could bring about a lasting change.

Our first step was to initiate a gallery space; the Northam Road gallery launched the arts organisation and opened its doors to the public on the 22nd of October 2002. Through this initial space we were able to test ideas, develop our identity and grow the remit of our work. Over a two and a half years period in Northam Road, we staged 35 exhibitions and laid the foundations upon which our organisation has been built.

In 2006 we moved our main gallery and HQ from Northam Rd to the Bargate, a scheduled ancient monument, located in the centre of Southampton. The monument features as the Southampton City Council logo and is significantly prestigious building within the city.

Through our time at the Bargate Monument Gallery we were able to grow our project portfolio that now consists of studios, galleries and professional development opportunities; all of which are featured on this site.

Whilst ‘a space’ remains a young arts organisation we have added a new dimension to the cities cultural offer. Our work has stimulated interest and inclusion at a grass roots level through creating opportunities for artists and the public to engage with cultural activities.

Our enthusiasm and determination continues to this day; we have achieved a lot and have a lot more still to offer.

via About ‘a space’ arts | aspacearts.

Our client Dirty Rich Apparel

Here is another one of our clients, such an amazing variation of products in our client list. We hope they will do a guest post one day.

Image of Dirty Rich Red Flannel

In 2014 Dirty Rich Apparel was Born from the workshop With Expression of Art and life coming together to form designs from all walks of time.We aim to make Clothing with an impact, from the dark side to the bright side. Living life to the full or living in the gutter.

At Dirty Rich all apparel is made in house from the paper sketch to the very finished product, so we make sure every product is made with no half measures.

Dirty Rich Apparel intends to grow to one day have its own platform in the fashion.

via Dirty Rich Apparel — roots.

Jennifer Anne Brown talks about her work

Glass is my inspiration. I love the way it holds colour and light. The potential it has for making incredible shapes and its great strength and beauty. My artwork is very material based and glass has become the central focus to my creative practice. My initial inspirations to make art come from various sources, magic, quantum physics, metaphysics, music and nature.

via Jennifer Anne Brown — About Me.

hello DODO fun screen prints art t-shirts

 

A very quick blog about our customer “hello DODO”  Handmade art and gifts that make people smile. Bright screen prints, fun t-shirt designs, quirky tote bags and great cards. They keep promising us a blog post but in the meanwhile check out their own blog to see what they have been up too.

We are Ali and Jam playful printmakers from sunny Brighton, England. We create bright and fun screen print designs full of animals, typography and clever puns, perfect for all kids and big kids! We also have lots of lovely greetings cards for nearly every occasion. All our products are designed with the one aim to make people smile :o)

via hello DODO fun screen prints art t-shirts & cards by helloDODOshop.

John Bloor – Part 2 – from design to print

Remember John Bloor, he told us all about his start up. Here is part 2 of his story.

“When I last wrote I had got as far as having a set of almost finished ideas for my leaf
and tree range. Since then, I have pretty much finalised this particular range of
designs. It has expanded too!
I have now got a different “focal” design for vertical, horizontal and square formats.
Each one has a theme; the horizontal design (for the lampshade) has a leaves
blowing in the wind theme, the vertical design (for prints, tea towels) has a leaf
canopy theme and the square design (for cushions) has a roots and seed pods
theme.

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I was really happy with the designs and send them out to family and friends for
feedback. What became abundantly clear, both to me and to my family and friends,
was that while the designs work well together they are quite complicated and
visualising them in a living space showed that it could all be a bit overpowering.
What I needed to do was to balance the focal designs with some simpler designs, so
I used the elements of the main focal designs to create simpler designs to
complement and work with the main designs.
John
The lampshade was the first item I intended to print. I ordered a complete set of
Permatone water based fabric inks, six new 43T screens, a new coating trough and
squeegee.
Being a bit rusty on my screen printing I decided to get myself a workshop.
The workshop was brilliant and extremely useful to me. Chessie, who runs the
studio, identified that I was flooding the screen too much and sending a lot of ink
through the screen. I also took the opportunity to ask about some best practices,
such as keep screens in good condition.
Now happy with my technique and with screens and inks purchased I was finally
ready to have a crack at the lampshade.
I had purchased some good quality linen, enough to print four lampshades, so I
started with that and some some scrap cotton sheeting. In the evening the day
before I coated three screens and the next day I printed all three colours of the left
hand side of the lampshade, washing out the screens afterwards.
Then, a few days later I repeated the process and printed the right hand side of the
lampshade.
John-3

 

Printing at home in my garage has made me start to realise which bits of equipment
you really need to have and which things you can get away with maybe having
something home made.
A good example is needing a UV free light source to do the screen coating. I had
tried a photographic darkroom light but it was so incredibly dark I couldn’t see
anything. On the second run of printing I somehow managed to drip emulsion onto
the floor, then managed to kneel in it when coating the screens, and then stand in it!
Now I know I really need to get a UV filter for the fluorescent tube.
Also while doing this printing I realised that I could not really get away with not
having a platen for the fabric. The linen is very difficult to lay down perfectly straight
each time in a repeatable way – it really needs to be stuck down to a board for the
entire print run.
But printing these lampshade fabrics went incredibly well, it was a really enjoyable
experience for me. The ink was a joy to use and it was easy to lay it down
consistently. I got into a good routine and at no point did it dry out on the screen.
I printed all four pieces of linen and made one of them up into a finished lampshade.
I have to say I’m really pleased with the end result. I was worried that the inks might
appear in silhouette against the light but actually the light illuminates the colours and
the linen texture shows up nicely.

The colours weren’t quite right, so I plan to get the colours spot on and go for a full
production run at the start of January and start printing the cushion covers.
And over Christmas I’m going to really take forward my second range, which is a
countryside theme, from initial ideas to finished designs, so I can hopefully go into
production before Easter.”

Interview with Karen Lewis author of Screen Printing at Home

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Karen is a longstanding customer of Wicked Printing Stuff and has recently written a book Screen Printing At Home: Print Your Own Fabric to Make Simple Sewn Projects. she also has a blog you can follow http://karenlewistextiles.blogspot.com

Whilst taking time out from teaching after having her 3 children, Karen was able to indulge in her enthusiasm for knitting and textiles. Along with a couple of friends in a similar position, they produced an informal co-operative, selling their wares locally. This heightened Karen’s passion for all things handmade, so when her youngest child started full-time school she wanted to create a shopping experience where it was possible to find unique, beautiful and functional products that ooze the charm and originality you can only get with something handmade. “Blueberry Park” was born.

Karen Lewis Screen Printer - Wicked Printing Stuff 02Karen and her team live by William Morris’ motto of “never having anything in your home that you don’t consider to be beautiful or useful”. In fact the team believe all their items are not only beautiful, but also useful – a double whammy that no doubt William Morris himself would be impressed with!

When did you start screen printing?

I started screen printing about 4 years ago in 2010 and was hooked from the very first print!

Why?

I wanted to learn to screen print because I had a business selling handmade textile products and I wanted to make my work more unique and individual and recognisable as me, rather than using other people’s fabrics and designs. When I first started working with textiles i was particularly drawn to screen printed fabrics and loved working with them and knew I wanted to produce my own.

What problems have you encountered?
I went on a screen printing course at my local college in Leeds which was fantastic but I knew i really wanted to set myself up at home to make it more flexible and immediate. I didn’t want to have to wait to book in to use the facilities if I needed to print up fabric. It did take me a while to master the techniques, particularly printing on fabric which can be tricky and it was wonderful to have the lecturers to hand to help troubleshoot, but I eventually took the plunge to set up at home.

Karen Lewis Screen Printer - Wicked Printing Stuff 05What successes have you had?

I am very lucky to have an old cellar to use so space wasn’t an issue. I set my space up with everything I needed, including making an outdoor washout booth…ie a hose by a drain!

 

It didn’t take long for screen printing to be an every day part of my life and my business really took off as a consequence. I was printing for myself and also my fabrics became desirable for other quilters and crafters and I now send my fabrics all over the world and see them made up in all sorts of wonderful projects, which is extremely gratifying. My fabrics have been very popular and in January I set up a Fabric Club where members receive a specially selected bundle of fabrics every other month.

 

Karen Lewis Screen Printer - Wicked Printing Stuff 04Earlier this year I brought out a book Screen Printing at Home, teaching others how to set themselves up at home to do small scale screen printing to produce their own fabrics to use in their projects.

 

I host workshops in my home teaching others screen printing on fabric and travel to various corners to do workshops for others. I love meeting potential printers and see the lightbulb moment and enthusiasm they have for something I am so passionate about.

What do you see in the future?

This year has been quite a whirlwind, with the Fabric Club, workshops and book, but next year looks set to be even crazier! There are big exciting things in the pipeline, which you will have to come back to ask me about in the New Year as it is all hush hush at the moment!

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Our clients – Wasted Heroes

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Wasted Heroes is the vision of graphic designer Russell Reid, a fresh alternative t-shirt label. He is the main designer for one of Liverpool’s most historically prominent clubnights Circus as well as having done a long stint at its sister event Chibuku Shake Shake. He is responsible for their history of twisted and surreal flyer designs.

Russell’s artistic imagination has played a huge role in the art of the dancefloor, with his designs becoming as iconic as the events themselves. His work has been featured in numerous commercial arts and design publications including Creative Review, where he was featured due to his presence within the Liverpool independent creative scene. Russell designed the Creative Review front cover for their November 2011 issue.

Clothing was the logical progression for Russell’s vision, taking inspiration from some of his most eye catching flyer designs to create t-shirts, tote bags and sweatshirts for men and women. The result is a uniquely British streetwear style, born on the dancefloor but rapidly becoming a music inspired brand that stretches beyond the parameters of electronic music. The label holds tight to its independent roots and is proud of its hands-on personal approach by screen printing and designing all garments in-house.
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The brand was born from a passion of Graphic t-shirts and is heavily influenced by genres of electronic music and art resulting in designs that vibrate with an infectious urban energy. Breathing fresh life into the world of graphic tees, Wasted Heroes is an instantly recognisable, bold & brazen street-wear label with an attitude and identity of their own.

Wasted Heroes has received support from the dance community in the shape of Yousef, Loco Dice, Carl Cox and Cafe Mambo’s Alex Wolfenden all wearing the brand. In September 2012 Wasted Heroes took their designs back to where they started; the dancefloor, by hosting Space Ibiza’s El Salon room at the We Love closing Fiesta, where rising stars Bicep and a Little Boots dj set headlined the room.

Russell  says

“We are crazy busy at the moment as we just launched a new collection. It’s finally here!!! The new collection has landed (you can all breath a sigh of relief…) and head straight to http://www.wastedheroes-shop.com/category/new-in to see what you think!

We have been loyal customers of Wicked Printing Stuff for around 3 years now. All our inks are purchased from you guys plus we just bought a tunnel dryer from you about 3 months ago.

My best advice for aspiring graphic designers would be to submerge yourself in the industry you want to work in. I always wanted to work within the music industry and during my student days went to gigs, clubs and got to know promoters, bands and DJs. As a result I ended up designing the flyers for Circus which then opened new doors and some interesting collaborations.

If you’re passionate about design it becomes a lifestyle as well as a job.”

The photos are all posed with Wicked Printing Stuff inks and squeegees and we loved them so much we published them all!

Catch up with Russell on his website or social media.

Wasted Heroes www.wastedheroes.com

Russtle www.russtle.com

https://www.facebook.com/wastedheroes

https://twitter.com/WastedHeroes

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