Screenprinting is the essence of handmade. A traditional method of applying liquid inks onto fabric, wood, paper and other materials.

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Screen-printed furnishing fabrics are currently being developed. The fabric is pure linen, hand printed in our Fremantle studio. Several new designs will be included in our soon-to-be-released range. The first of these are cushion covers and stuff sacks. These will be released during September 2016.

 

 

 

 

Boardies linocut July2016        Boardies worn on grey copy

Linocut prints create distinctive screen-printed images. This original linocut design recalls simple summer holidays when destinations were decidedly local and caravans were unavoidably cosy. Smell the salt in the air.

Because we love the look so much, we’ve recently added prints based on linocut designs to our growing range of t-shirts.  The shirts themselves have good credentials: organic cotton, produced under fair trade conditions (no sweatshops) and carbon neutral throughout all production stages. Our customers report that they wash very well.

We have quite a few more designs in the pipeline. Meanwhile, check out our current range on our website. T-shirts are also at selected stockists, including FOUND at Fremantle Arts Centre, and Angove St Collective in North Perth.

 

York Town Hall 1 Jul2016           York Town Hall 2 Jul2016           York Town Hall 3 Jul2016           York Town Hall 4 Jul2016

For the York Bzzaar, we decided to make a screen-printed tea towel.

The York Bzzaar is held annually in the beautiful Avon Valley, west of Perth. To help celebrate, Blue Lawn Designs have created a tea towel using the image of the historic York town hall. We thought that this would be a good opportunity to describe how we make our screen-printed tea towels.

As an example, for our tea towels depicting the built environment, we work from a photograph that we convert into a high-contrast black and white image. From there, we then make a ‘film positive’. This is essentially a transparent and opaque image that is then exposed onto a screen that has been coated with a photographic emulsion (red is also UV light proof and acts the same as opaque black).

The ‘film positive’ is placed in contact with the coated screen. By exposing the screen to UV light, the emulsion under the transparent areas, hardens. But under the transparent areas, the emulsion doesn’t harden and remains water-soluble. As a result it can be washed out with water, creating a stencil of open and closed areas on the tightly stretched polyester (not silk) mesh.

For each additional colour in the design, an additional screen is required. The tea towels are then individually hand printed with water-based inks in the Blue Lawn studio.

 
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