BLOCK AND PRINT – not just a clothing dye. |Inspiration|

I have always thought the beauty of block printing lies in its tedious process - the detailed designing of the patterns, carving of the blocks, layering of colors and of course the history of its artisans!

Even though block printing is a widely known art of printing on fabrics and textiles not many are aware of its extensive use on wallpapers and leather products. In-fact block printing was the standard method of producing wallpaper until the early 20th century and is still used by a few traditionalist firms.

I happened to stumble upon an enlightening video on the Victoria and Albert Museum website that inspired me to write this post and share my two bits.
The V&A video shows the woodblock printing process William Morris went through to create some of his timeless wallpaper designs; for this pattern he used 30 different blocks, 15 colors and took about 4 weeks to complete the entire printing process!!!
(Sharing a few screenshots for a quick scroll but I encourage you all to watch the full video – linked above.)

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Art of Screen Printing

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‘Woah! This is harder than it looks!’… I guess that’s when you know something truly is an ART!

That was my first reaction after attending a workshop atSpace118 last weekend and I am sure many others would agree with me on this. It is the kind of art that requires some serious commitment to begin and then to get better and better at it.

Many small studios in Lower Parel and Andheri work their skills on screen designs and print thousands of products every day! We too are waiting for the MMT contact cards to come fresh out of press, and so this desire to know how screen printing is even done!!!

What is Screen printing?
It is a printing technique that uses a woven meshto support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image.

It is arguably the most versatile of all printing processes and often identified with the pop-art works of Marliyn Monroe by artist Andy Warhol who popularised this technique. It was also known as serigraphy in the USA in 1962.

Did you know?
Apart from the regular paper, textiles, glass mediums – screen printing is used in many many different industries including: balloons, medical devices, electronics, vehicals, circuit boards, touch screens, product labels, sign and displays, snowboard graphics, thick film technology etc etc  😮

Screen printing is truly a skill every art&craft enthusiast should master!
Hopefully this encourages and inspires you to take up the challenge that is screen printing, also do let us know when you succeed and create some beautiful works of art!