On Tuesday we had a class with Kim, whom I already met during my letterpress session. She is wonderful person, really friendly and helpful. However, the workshop timing wasn’t that great, as most people have plenty to do at the moment, with grid not being a burning issue.
I’ve been wanting to come to this old and dusty corner room for some time now, but it wasn’t until one Easter holiday Wednesday that I got around to it. Luckily, our new “room keeper” Kim was there, and so I was able to get in. Plus, she really was a great help, and everything got done much faster than if I had to work it out myself. That day I left with a (rather large) number of prints of a Gill sans alphabet in both small letters and capitals.
Going through my images and getting into the mood for catching up with my blog, I bumped into a folder full of photos from this great workshop. This was my second screen printing intro (one a year…), which I did back in December while completing my “Editions” project.
Damian took us through a (rather long, but amusing) “health & safety” talk, and demonstrated in great length and with plenty of enthusiasm the process of screen printing. Some of it was familiar, as I already went though it once a year ago with another technician. However, the process is pretty complicated, and so brushing up was necessary.
In this short lunch-time-break workshop Cecilie showed us how to create the GIF files in Photoshop. I loved the idea, but for some reason (perhaps my Photoshop settings) I was unable to do it on my computer. I’ve got about half-way through, but then got stuck as a window was missing and nobody knew why.
Everyone seems very excited about this printer, and in this class we were shown how to use it (roughly). Apparently, it’s very economical compare to a normal laser printer, and so it’s great for printing large numbers of sheets. We only have four colours however, so that is a great limitation. In general, it has many similarities to screen printing, and is able to create different opacities and give the grainy texture that is so popular with many people (including me).