Silk Screen Fabric

During my final weeks of my Artist in Residency I wanted to show the students how to print their own fabric. Creating your own fabric is a very unique way to create a one off piece or add to a thrifted article.

I cut a design of a simple cross pattern and silk screened them onto large bits of thrifted fabric and doona covers. I ended up with a nice pile of proper individual designed fabric to add to my stash.

I also printed a bunch of small squares using my lino cuts from last year. I attempted to use the silk screen paint as the medium (the lino ink just washes straight off). I wanted to use these patches as features on future projects. The silk screening ink is not ideal but it did work. There is something about that sticky sound that lino ink makes on the glass as you roll it out that I really enjoy... no such lovely stickiness with the silk screening ink.... but it is colourfast.

So far I have added the fabric to a makers apron for myself and two for teacher presents at my little girls school. I also made some lovely scarfs to sell at my next market this Thursday. I plan to make some iPad covers with some in the future.

I tried to interest the students in using some of my prints or creating their own but received limited enthusiasm. I did however manage to get some to screen print a design on to a tee shirt and use bleach to dye a tee shirt of their choosing. Fourth term is a difficult one for motivating students and avoiding extra curricular school planned activities during allocated class time.

Today I cleaned out my store room and bought home all my crap supplies. My artist in residency is now finished. I am officially unemployed again{:((((}. I really enjoyed my time at the school and spending time with a great bunch of young people. I hope they got some inspiration for their future making out of it. I was honored to be invited to their leavers dinner and wish them all the best for the future. 

I'll miss you guys xxxx Thanks for having me.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.