Tag Archives: Screen-printing

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.


PSAS exterior Jul2016     PSAS interior Jul2016     PSAS Cafe 37 posted Jul2016

The Blue Lawn Designs team works in a great environment with creative colleagues. Painters, printmakers, architects, designers, illustrators, web developers as well as many others. The Pakenham St Art Space (PSAS), in Fremantle’s west end, houses our studio where we design and create screen-printed homewares – primarily fabrics and wood. The PSAS building is heritage-listed and has undergone some dramatic transformations since we moved in five years ago.

A new roof and insulation have been installed upstairs. The ground floor has been re-laid with smooth, polished concrete, and all the studio walls have been raised and upgraded. New bathrooms have been built, and a new café just inside the front door (Studio 37 named after the studio that was the traditional owner of that space). All of this has been done, whilst maintaining the essential fabric of the building. There is now a steady series of exhibitions, performances and arts events in the ground floor space, and even an occasional wedding. PSAS is an inspiring place to work, surrounded many other creatives.

New windows have been installed all around the ground floor, letting light in and providing a stronger link to the street life of Fremantle in. This is thanks to a heritage grant secured by PSAS. As you can imagine, there’s been a bit of disruption to our creative activities, but it’s very good to be part of a longer-term creative vision. And the on-site coffee is a bit of a sweetener, too. Read more about PSAS here

(Reposted from an earlier blog on our old website)



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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