That’s all, it’s decided, you go today, you want to learn how to do screenprinting. Congratulations! Finally, you will be able to satisfy your desire to paint and improve your creations with this ennoblement technique. You have a very specific idea in your head, and your requirements are high in terms of results. Nothing is simpler, just be demanding and decisive, as you think, so that work goes on alone. You think that you have the right to only one attempt.
Doesn’t screen printing work like that? In the end, you spent time and money on this training, so you cannot fail. Will it be so easy to do a screen print with your own hands? What exactly do we want when we create? What is our work talking about? I suggest you accompany you in your creative process in this lesson, which will teach you the screen printing technique through my artistic practice. As you will see, this is a path fraught with traps.
It is not enough to press a button to print. You must also have a screen printing facility. Screen printing, like all techniques, is subject to Murphy’s law. According to the latter, “everything that can go wrong goes wrong.” At first, this vision may seem pessimistic, especially for those who have high hopes for your first draw. We will have to accept what we do not want to do, which is unacceptable in our French culture and is often a source of guilt: to make mistakes. We live in an increasingly complex world. Therefore, finding cheap screen printing is not easy.
There is a ban on innovation, continuous production, and it’s faster, without thinking about the human, environmental, financial consequences that this implies. We have a constant illusion of moving straight ahead. It is forbidden to make mistakes. Error is an event, a synonym for failure, it is perceived as something that usually should not happen. Having made many mistakes in my practice, I suggest you look at them from a different angle and try to understand what they can give us from a creative, scientific, and human point of view.
In this memoir, you will find various elements: texts, images, tables and game tools to expand your creation and give you relevant concepts that may seem a bit abstract.
What could be the error with screenprinting? I will write words to enlighten the nature of this. This is a personal vision obtained in accordance with my humble experience. The mistake is what undermines our confidence in what undermines our vision of reality. This breaks the veil before our eyes. It is she who helps us to keep in touch with reality and matter. A mistake is a concept without limits and can be repeated. In other words, making a mistake does not prevent us from making others, a mistake can also lead to another mistake, and finally, we constantly find new ones, despite corrections or modifications. This is a cycle that we cannot control.
In one sentence, this is a printing technique that can reproduce a drawing in multiple copies. It is part of a family of engravings, such as engraving or lithography.
The screen to which the image is transmitted serves as a matrix. His invention in its most modern form dates back to the 17th century in Asia, not to mention the stencil invented by prehistoric people for printing on fabric (kimono). Over the centuries, it has improved thanks to patents registered in the United States. Here you have the official presentation. Screen printing has evolved taking into account the time and different needs of users.
This is an adaptive technique; it can be either craft or industrial. When we look at his story, we immediately see that it was invented to create. There is a desire to sublimate matter. What is funny is that at first he ennobles the fabric, and now he ennobles the visual. Creating silk-screen printing in a general imaginary form already makes an artistic gesture. It adorns the visual and unimportant image. There is a force in technology that immediately makes it recognizable by the color intensity, beautiful flat areas, ink thickness and material, and gasket visibility. I am still surprised at the interest that this arouses. There is a mystery and charm in this technique. I do not believe that the technique is unchanged, that it can be studied (and transmitted) in one way, and that it can be fully mastered. On the contrary, after ten years of practice, I got the impression that I am less and less mastering this technique.
Not that it seemed to me that my skills or abilities are diminishing, but the conceptual and practical boundaries are becoming more and more blurred. Technique is developing because I am developing, and my perception of it is developing.