Thursday, October 16, 2008

Indigo and Screen Printing at the Corcoran

In the class I teach at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, students explore the possibilities of the indigo vat with multiple dips. The process begins with a clamped resist and a good soak in water.

One of many patient dips in the indigo vat.

Waiting for oxidation.

Great results!

In the Design, Color and Experimentation class at the Corcoran, student learn to work with photo emulsion in the screen printing process. Both color and design are important for successful results. Here are some examples of students work.

Jane has used string to help with registration of this Notan created design.

Ambria's very successful leaf design provides for a little leeway when it comes to registration.

Using the color samples created in an earlier class, Ambria has folded under the edges where the squares meet in anticipation of piecing together the squares after the fabric has been processed.

Lisa has created a design of her original fabric created with a potato dextrin resist printed with a CD as a stamp, photographed the fabric and made a photo emulsion screen. The newspaper on the fabric acts as a resist over freshly printed thicked dye to prevent dye pickup on the back of the screen. Lisa is using the screen to create a random repeat of her design.

Work in progress.

Patty has created an interesting pattern emphasizing the positive and negative shapes created by her interpretation of the Notan project.

Nahanni's use of leaves on the back of the screen was a quick and easy resist resulting in a successful repeat pattern.

Fabric needs to dry, be steamed and washed out. Dyes being used are Procion H.

The randomness of deconstructed screen printing can produce some amazing compositional results as in Zita's piece.


Next week brings experimentation with gold leaf and paper lamination.

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