I have recently taken up silkscreen again -I did some in college, and Riso prints more recently- and I am reminded of how much I love the process! I have never pursued it with the intent of selling my pieces, and I may not be able to this time around either (because of cost and time constraints) but I am so happy and excited to be able to put together a couple projects for myself and friends. If some of the products end up being of high enough quality, I may put them up for sale on this website, but that is not the primary intent at this point. (I may change my mind later ... :)
As most aficionados of silkscreen prints, I love the hands-on quality of the final products as well as the rigor of the process. But something I am being reminded of as I am watchfully pulling my squeegee, is how amazing the time the process requires, is. From the little mental gymnastics involved in getting your separations right, the screens set up, the careful registration steps, the color mixing, to the multiple pulls while trying to be tidy and efficient; the whole process gives me time to reflect and concentrate on what I'm doing. It is forcing me to have a plan for my piece a bit ahead as well. Sure, I can make changes along the way, but I do have to know what I am doing, or else the whole enterprise is wasted, and I am very much enjoying these "limitations". Because with digital work, we are submerged with choices, and all our changes are a few clicks away, we can sometimes become overwhelmed with indecision.
The manual labor component of art is something that I have always greatly enjoyed, for it grounds me into the work, and forces me to be present for my piece, it channels my focus in a way that is quite unique.