Screen printing is a relatively new addition to my body of work and leads into future use in mixed-media on paper and canvas. In the video here I used the method of first applying an emulsion onto the screen and then using a powerful light to burn the image onto the mesh.
Screen printing was primarily derived from stenciling and is ancient going back to when it first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty(960-1127).
Usually one color is printed at a time, pushing ink with a squeegee through a screen mesh then allowing the print to dry before moving on to the next color. Depending on the design, the amount of colors will dictate how many screens will be needed. Originally silk was the material used for the mesh but this has switched to the modern version of synthetic threads.
Andy Warhol is probably the most common name associated with this method of printing and made it an attractive for the fine art world. Other artists of equal or higher fame have used this method as well. Robert Rauschenberg was another artist using screen printing at a higher level with his amazing ability to combine painting, sculpture, technology and live performances.