Monday, October 06, 2008
Our first print run
'OMG OMG OMG' - such was the soundtrack I provided to the girls during the last two hours we just spent in the studio. There's really nothing more exciting than screen printing one's own design onto fabric. By hand. In one's own studio. And the fact that our very first run of test prints was almost perfect - was just the icing on the cake.
My funny 'concentrating' facial expression
Tegan and Bianca at work
My excitement was only somewhat diminished by my inexperienced use of the high pressure water cleaner that left me (and everything else within the 'Dexter' curtain) covered head to toe in yellow ink whilst trying to clean the screen. But lessons were learnt, and all worked out in the end.
Clean screen behind the 'Dexter' curtain
Birch Forest screen ready to go (a little larger scale than before)
You can not imagine how much of a burden has been lifted from my shoulders to have that first run turn out so well. There have been so many fretful moments over the last few months. We've had some great guidance from yardage printing gurus around Australia ... but the end result was a sort of mish mash of everyone's advice which I just had to cross my fingers was going to be okay. And it was!
One test repeat of the wattle - looking good!!
We'll start printing on some proper fabric soon, and once it's printed and heat set I'll have some new stock for the shop :)