What is (silk) screen-print Art?

Posted on August 15 2017

Screen printing is variety of stencil printing, using a screen made from fabric (silk or synthetic) stretched tightly over a frame.

It has been used commercially since the 1920s. First used by artists in 1930s America and the term ‘serigraph’ was initially used to denote an artist’s print, as opposed to commercial work. It has been widely used by artists as a printmaking technique since the 1950s.

Happy accidents in art, to me, can be the most beautiful ones too. As you may know, I love screen printing, not to produce beautiful blocks of vibrant colour, which can be created and perfected by computer design nowadays, but I particularly enjoy the overlaps of colours, the “deliberate” over and “mis”-prints, which create a form of Wabi-sabi, which is the Japanese term for a beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". Characteristics of the Wabi-sabi aesthetic include; asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the integrity of natural objects and processes. 

For me, the most perfect designs usually happen at the most unexpected times, my favourite word in the English language is serendipity. Making unplanned, almost accidental discoveries, I have found these to be my most treasured gifts. 

To show you the process, here are some photographs I took creating my latest “Language of Flowers” collection.

These are the shapes I created by cutting out stencils

 They are then put on screens

The printing process in my studio

Lots of different prints

The Passion Flowers

The Forget Me Nots

The Roses

Some of the finished designs for the “Language of Flowers” Collection