Screen Printed Table Cloth

Test Print 18/11/12

19/11/12 – One Day before the Exhibition. 

So last Monday was the most intense day I have ever had! I was preparing everything ready for the exhibition, I had to collect the business cards, catalogues, as well as finishing off the sugar skulls, the screen printed table cloth and the photographs.

1. While I designed the pattern on Adobe Illustrator, Sean had printed the pattern onto acetate that was used as a black and white stencil. Sean had then applied emulsion to the screen that was then left to dry in a dark room for 2 hours.

2. Paper was applied on the back side of the screen and the stencil was then applied to the screen and a sheet of glass was then placed on top in order to hold the pattern in place.

3. The screen was left to expose in the sun outside for one minute, the paper and the glass was removed from the screen and a high pressure hose was used to remove parts of the stencil.

4. I had measured the plinths within the gallery and the calico was measured in Cm’s. Masking tape was used to create all of the margins in order to ensure that the measurements were correct.

5. Black ink was applied to the screen that was evenly applied to the screen with a squeegee. While Sean had used the squeegee to transfer to stencil to the calic0, I held the stencil in place in order to make sure that the image did not move around.

Due to time constraints we only had enough time to make smaller table cloths for the plinths, although the black ink provided the image with a distressed appearance which will work perfectly for the exhibition. The process was quite challenging and measuring the calico was quite a long process. In the end we had created at least 3 or 4 table cloths that were ready for the exhibition. The aim was to replicate Alexander McQueen’s skull printed scarf, although the table cloth features a black skull on a white background, which also features an interesting effect.

The different ink splashes also adds to the distressed appearance and it also reminds me of a folded see through scarf. When you fold a scarf with different patterns, the shapes become distorted, which is another interesting element to work with. It will be interesting to see how the table cloth works with the crosses and the sugar skulls that I have created for the exhibition. Next time we would allow extra time to create the table cloth and extra material and tools are required in order to create a perfect patter or design.

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