I went along to a digital screen printing workshop yesterday and I didn’t really have any idea what to expect, or how you go from an image on a computer screen to a print on a tote bag. It was an absolutely fantastic workshop. Stuart from Fab Lab Maker Hub and Creative Heartlands is great at explaining things and he’s got a great sense of humour too, Dany from Pulled Print Studios, where the workshop was held, is warm and welcoming and let me have a good look around his fantastic studio.
I also loved being around creative people too, it’s great to get inspiration from others and to see their work. It’s been ages since I’ve done an in-person workshop and I really enjoyed it.
The tech side was brilliant, I edited my photo in Gimp (Stuart and Dany helped me – a lot!) I’m not used to using that programme. The laptop was hooked up to the printer and the image was printed onto a silk screen. Ink was added to the screen print and the image was transferred onto a tote bag. It’s quite a simple process if you know what you are doing and it’s surprisingly quick to do.
Creative Heartlands is a 3-year project developed by Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon Arts Offices and Local Enterprise Offices to strengthen economic growth and sustain existing enterprises in the film, visual arts, design and digital fabrication sector. They have a lot of different workshops taking place in Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon, in the coming months. You can find them on Facebook and also on Eventbrite and you can sign up for their newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/687f73893df9/creativeheartlands