I Dress Myself – screen printing workshop

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Last year I did some work with the wonderful Hannah and Pete of I Dress Myself Screen Printing studio. They very kindly ran a one-off workshop for me, so I could learn how to screen print for myself.

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After a few doodled ideas I opted for something unknowingly difficult to print… lots of fine lines! (d’oh!) – this was the concept and a screengrab of my potential linework:

Which isn’t actually that different from my finished product! (I flipped the triangle upside-down after realising this would be on a t-shirt, and the last thing I need is an optical illusion of wider hips 😉 )

Also, wasn’t expecting to choose gold ink, but boy I’m glad I did!

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Now, the step-by step! First, getting the linework ready to print on acetate (I think Pete did this bit for me, I was clearly faffing with my camera at this point). Also that’s not me in the photo…

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Printed the acetates, so I could expose my two screens. We opted not to knock out the linework on the triangle; something I’m grateful for as it would’ve been a pain to line up. Instead we chose to print the white bug directly over the gold triangle, which worked even better than expected (and is lasting fine through the wash).

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Mixing a nice grainy gold with gold, copper and a hint of black ink, and setting up the carousel:

Printy print print!

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Through the drier…

And onto our bodies! Nice and warm 🙂

Massive thank you to Hannah and Pete for all their help and advice – it was loads of fun, and I learnt so much.

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Hannah and Pete don’t run regular workshops, but if you’re interested in hearing about future workshops and events you can sign up to their mailing list.

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I Dress Myself – screen printing workshop