I love screen printing. And I’ve a lot of love for the generous community of print folk out there sharing knowledge; arranging youth print clubs to inspire the next generation; and running professional studios printing mind-blowing art that no inkjet could touch.
Want to know how screen printing works? Check out this BBC Bitesize page.
Most time is spent making the screen (degreasing, coating, burning, washing out), then the printing can begin. But it’s worth every step - lifting a screen after a squeege is magic every time.
I moved house a lot over the past few years, printing everywhere: in living rooms, barns, stables, al fresco, and in a disused print shop-turned flat. My shed is now Mandovi’s home and where all the screen-making and printing happens.
There’s not much room in the shed so I keep things simple with a single-colour print arm. I use water-based inks because I like the softer, more comfortable feel on clothing. I use Permaset Aqua, and Ryonet's Green Galaxy.
I look for well-made, good quality material to print on. For the blank clothing I source, I want to know the people who picked, ginned, spun, wove, dyed, stitched, and finished the clothes weren't cheated, out of pocket, or stepped on while doing their work. I buy my blanks from the good people at Mantis and Continental Clothing because I like how they do things.