DESIGNS My main concern is design. Leaves, flowers, and geometric shapes are sources of inspiration. Many designs are derived from small sketch notes I make of patterns or parts of designs on historical ceramics, metal, and textile artifacts. The challenge is turning sketches into designs that work within the format of a wall piece with overlapping panels.
PRINTING PROCESS Another challenge is to find a process that allows a direct notation of design. I developed polychromatic screen printing. This method combines both painting and printing. It allows the same flexibility and spontaneity as painting on paper or fabric, with the added outcome of more than one print. All the colors of the image are directly painted on one print screen then printed with one pull of the squeegee. The result is a limited addition of four to six prints from the original painted screen. For the past thirty years polychromatic printing has offered a great range of approaches, with fewer steps than traditional screen printing. It continues to appeal to my imagination.
STIFFENED SILK WALL PIECES Originally I started by doing banners from the polychromatic printed panels. I was drawn to work that was layered resulting in more complex designs. I thought about the openness of lace that could be layered and thought how can I make lace with printed fabric? I was familiar with cut lace technique— islands of fabric with buttonhole-stitched bars that provided structure. But sewing bars by hand was more work than I was willing to put into a piece. I could cut the bars out of fabric panel but how could I keep the fabric from raveling? I thought about coating the fabric as a milliner does, to both add stiffness and stop raveling. So the printed fabric panels are stiffened and large sections cut out -- keeping in mind structurally so that it will it hang straight. The stiffener also adds strength, durability, and ease of cleaning (wipe with a damp cloth) to the otherwise delicate cut-out panels. I also like design elements that look suspended in space. To accomplish this panels hung are slightly away from the one behind on Velcro tabs on U-shaped acrylic mountings fabricated in graduated sizes.
Polychromatic Screen Printing by Joy Stocksdale, published by Oregon Street Press, is a comprehensive manual describing an innovative method to obtain multicolored prints on paper or fabric. Polychromatic screen printing is for painters, watercolorists, textile artists, screen printers, monoprinters, deconstructed screen printers, quilters, and anyone interested in obtaining multiples from one painted image. Using fewer steps than traditional screen printing, it offers the beginner as well as experienced artist the same flexibility and spontaneity as paint to fabric or paper, with the added result of more than one image.
Why labor over one painting when you can paint once and get multiples? This innovative process produces a limited-edition series from the original painted screen — with no color registration. Similar to an extended monoprint process, it yields 4-6 prints from a single painted image. For all levels of ability. No solvents are used. This method combines both painting and printing. It allows the same flexibility and spontaneity as painting on paper or fabric. You simply paint all the colors of your image directly on one print screen. One pull of the squeegee prints the image onto fabric or paper. Then pull the squeegee again for more prints.
This newly expanded book is a complete step-by-step manual for the process with 88 photos and 11 illustrations. Features of the book include:
-- background information for traditional screen printing, highlighting the distinct advantages of polychromatic screen printing.
-- an illustrated section outlining the steps for the printing process and yellow-highlighted written steps for quick reference.
-- problems and solution section.
-- ideas and approaches to this versatile printing process.
-- examples of the process for quilters
-- a Gallery of Artists and photos presenting the broad range of printing possibilities.
-- a thorough glossary and index.
Retail price: $29.95 Paperback: 156 pages. Publisher: Oregon Street Press ISBN-10: 1718729693 ISBN-13: 978-1718729698
1 Apply resist & dyes on screen for vest design