Printing Process

Embroidery machine. The group of angles on the fabric take up to an hour to embroider.

 

Exposing the film onto the screen. It took About 10 minutes under halogen lights.

 

Setting up the screen on a bench which sat in a hinge clamp. I spray adhesive on the table so that the fabric would sit securely and not lift when we lifted the screen. Before you print onto the fabric with the squeegee you must flood the screen so that it prints evenly. Registration and levelness was the biggest problem. The screen was heavy and large so it had to be printed in sections. I had to trial a number of fabrics to see how the paint sat on the service of the fabric and how it interacted with worsted and woolen wool. The fuzzier the service the less likely the print was going to sit on the service with an accurate print. I had to buy a thicker paint so that it wouldn't get obsorbed into the wool.Trying to define the shape of the garment by incorporating pleating and folds and designs lines. I want to keep as minimal seams as possible.

 

Washing down the screen to wash away any excess glue so that the design is outlined on the mesh.Toiling with printed wool fabric on the stand. I was trying to work with the fabric and the print to build a relationship between the gathering and folds and the direction the print. Hoping to great an illusion.Defining the experimental toiling and fitting them on the body.Looking at the print from all angles and it's direction.Back view. Incorporating the pleats which formed folds and gathering. Looking at the shape and volume it forms inconjunction with the print and the illusion it creates through the use of line and two dimensional shapes on a the dimensional structure.That one Strip of lines take an hour to embroider.