In my artistic process, I use screenprinting as an exploration of pictoral space. The unexpected result achieved through the screenprinting technique is what keeps drawing me to this media.
Back in December we packed our lunch boxes and went on a day trip to visit Spike Print Studio in Bristol.
We met up with Irena, the studio director at Spike Print Studio who gave us the full tour!
Based in an old tea packing building just off the River Avon, Spike Island is hub of creative enterprises. The space compromises of studio spaces for artists, designers and creative businesses, various workshop; including a fabulous sculpture workshop, a gallery, a cafe and Spike Print Studio of course.
Spike Print Studio was established in 1976 as a not for profit studio, with the aim to promote the practice of printmaking. They moved into their current premises in 1997.
Today, the studio is run by a small team of staff and an addition of three member technicians who are paid in kind for their work.
The studio runs a variety of courses for all levels providing a thorough grounding in printmaking processes and the opportunity to explore and expand your knowledge.
Artists who wish to use the studio can choose from a variety of memberships. From full time key holders who can work independently, to those who need more support when printing.
The studio is massive! We were, I’m sorry to say, slightly envious but that didn’t stop us from having a nosey around all the same.
The space is split into two main rooms. The first is the etching room, consisting of four small etching presses, and a fifth larger one, a large work space, a substantial area for etching plates and a flexible gallery space.
The second is where all the screen printing equipment lives along with a large albion press and their most recent purchase a beautiful cabinet of type and a Vandercook Press! We’re looking forward to seeing the results from this!
Adjoining this room was a separate washout room, an exposure room, another dark room, now dedicated to photo etching, and a mezzanine with an office.
The whole space is bright, clean, practical and well managed, contained in a vibrant building with a whole host of fantastic facilities and opportunities.
It was wonderful to hear the story of another successful print studio in the UK. It’s fair to say we left feeling more than inspired!
Many thanks to Irena and everyone at Spike Print Studio.
Photographs courtesy of Helen Ashton
A fantastic introduction to Screenprinting onto Fabric with Susan Clarke, perfect for beginners and those who need a refresher. The course will take you through preparing your artwork, preparing and exposing screens and printing. By the end of the course you will be able to work independently at ELP Open Access. Screenprinting is a fun printing process with the potential to get exciting results. So come on, get stuck in and get printing.
Course starts February 11th, for more information and to book click here.
Laurie Storey is an artist and printmaker based in East London. His work focuses on the appropriation and distortion of information, throughout a spectrum of media outlets. Primarily through the medium of screen printing, photography and web based imagery his work explores the junction where accurate representation of the truth is sacrificed for entertainment and titillation.
By combining traditional and modern printing methods his work is able to operate on a variety of levels which helps to mimic the complex nature of modern media phenomena such as the internet meme, the cult of the celebrity, and their interaction with 20th century politics and media.
This January we have the pleasure of hosting a talk by long standing ELP member Victoria Browne.
KALEID Editions was established by Victoria Browne in 2009, it is an artist-led programme of exhibitions, participatory events and book launches. Throughout the year KALEID editions works closely with librarians, book dealers and private collectors; to advocate public special collections and represent European based artists who do books.
KALEID is an annual open submission, a networking event attracting artists from across Europe and an exhibition showcasing the best artists’ books.
KALEID editions further represents an exclusive collection at The London Art Book Fair, winner of nine Birgit Skïold Awards for excellence and tours internationally to art book fairs and public collections, including the V&A Museum’s National Art Library, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, MACBA and the Pompidou’s Kandinsky Library.
As well as running Kaleid, Victoria now runs her own print studio in South London as well as making her own work. Where she gets the time we don’t know!
On the 27th January Victoria will present a selection of artists’ books to discuss the makings of a good read and offer guidance for the open submission to KALEID 2015 London.
From preparing artwork right up to printing our wonderful students in December worked together to create some fantastic screen printed fabrics.
Check out their results…
Everyone got stuck in playing with different ways of making the positives to expose onto the screen.
Getting the first colour down…. go on girls, give it some welly!
The finished articles look amazing. Great team work guys. See you at Open Access!