As we are here to explore environmentally friendly art and design, having a studio space (yes!!!) makes it a lot easier to realize ideas. What is currently on the drawing table?!? I started by making a color mood-board, because it is very helpful to gather your inspirations visually and it will also act as a reference when you come to mix up colors. There is no right or wrong, and I suppose that this is just an old way of working for me since I became a designer. So I simply gather primary and secondary sources of color and quickly present them on one sheet of paper and keep that to refer back too. The mood-board will also help you to see what works well together and what doesn’t, and there its your own criteria that counts.
After creating the mood-board I started sketching on some ideas and shapes, and at the moment I am thinking of old places where I have lived and how they made me feel, which I want to transform in to patterns and textile designs. Bare in mind that all of this is work-in-progress.
Now I need to transfer these ideas in to screens and for that you need quite a lot of materials; and because textile printing can be a very toxic business it has taken me a long time to source eco printing products, but in the end I found a great company who funny enough originate from the north of Sweden, where I am now living. They are called Screentec AB, and you can find them in Stockholm and Haparanda or on-line at http://www.screentec.se (for english press this link:) http://www.screentec.se/subdet518.htm
So last Friday I got my first delivery and I quickly rushed to the studio, eager to try them out. Knowing that ink from Screentec are free from phthalate and PVC felt great but I also wanted to see how they printed. The product I bought is called ‘ecoline’ and is supposed to be the best on the market from an environmental point of view. So I mixed up some green and white (am a bit obsessed with green at the moment) and instead of making my screens with patterns I thought I just experiment a bit by printing over a piece of string.
Yes very nice printing ink, but the print did not turn out so well; in fact it’s what I would classify as an unsuccessful print (because the string was too thin), but you know I love mistakes because that is when we learn the most; and what did I learn this time? Don’t rush your work and waste material just because you get eager, prepare yourself and do it properly, especially if you want to save resources. Argh!! shame on me but experimenting is also fun and part of developing ideas and the whole creative process but maybe that is why we humans are such a danger for the environment…hmmm, will aim to be more thoughtful (despite being a human). Back soon with some more prints, but then I will not rush it!