Screenprinting is essentially a stencil method of printing, but is has vast potential. This beautiful book explains the techniques behind the art and introduces ideas to explore its exciting and versatile qualities. Packed with step-by-step sequences and practical advice, it not only explains the process but inspires designers and makers to experiment with the creative potential of this striking art form. It introduces the basic technical aspects of printing on fabric, as well as the equipment and materials. Ideas for designing and developing different types of motifs, images, patterns and repeats are given and how to combine the different elements together. It covers effective low-tech methods that exploit physical skills and simple tools, as well as contemporary printed textile practice with digital input and sophisticated technologies. Advice on the use of colour is given as well as dye recipes and the instructions for their use on fabric. Methods are included such as cross dyeing, crimping and mark making on fabric, which can be used in conjunction with screenprinting. Drawing on the author's over forty years of experience, it shares her practical tips and ideas for both the traditional processes of screenprinting and the latest techniques that embrace contemporary practice ready for a new textile audience.
AUTHOR: Sue Westergaard has worked with design and print since she was a teenager. She originally trained in printed textiles at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and followed this some years later with a masters in printmaking from the Royal College of Art. She has taken various roles during her working life including designing fabrics commercially, running a T-shirt design and print company, and creating fabrics for theatre sets, costumes and festivals. She has also taught print making for many years and last held the post of senior lecturer on the Surface Design BA at the London College of Communication. She is now focusing on a more personal approach to her art practice.