The Process of Print Making

First you have to make sure that the screen is clean and degreased. Next, you take you screen into the darkroom where you will apply photo emultion with a scoop coater. You pour a bit of emultion into the scoop, then tilt the scoop so that the emultion is in contact with the screen. You pull the scoop upward leaving a thin layer of emultion on the screen.  If there is excess it can be carded off with a credit card.  Then you put away to dry.

After it has dried you put it on a raised piece of foam, and then you put your oiled black and white images face down on the screen, followed by a piece of glass to hold everything in place.  The UV lights are turned on and left for 4 mins.  Afterwards you quickly take the screen to a sink, rinse it to stop the chemical process, and use water pressure to remove the lighter portions of the emultion.

Lastly you take the screen, screw it down with printing hinges, and tape the edges were there is no emultion.  You tape down a flop, flood the screen with the squeegee, and then print on the flop.  You used the flop to gage where your paper should be.  After that you flip the flop, place your paper, and print.  Afterwards you scrap off the excess ink to save, and clean your squeegee, screen, flop, and area.

The Process of Print Making

What Inspires Me

The two artists that really stood out to me were Jan Harrison and William Kentridge. Jan Harrison’s art is centered around animals; particularly, the remnant of our mammal and reptile brain. She challenges us to look at our innermost selves and see the monsters that reside there.  We think of monsters as something that is separate and apart from us and in the same way we see ourselves as something separate from animals.  Her artwork seeks to breakdown that line.  In a way her artwork is the opposite of mine because I seek to draw attention to that line between people and animals, and I think that is the reason why I find her art so interesting.  I liked the work of William Kentridge because it focuses on social and political distress, which is really a passion of mine.

Big Cat-Mountain Lion with Foliage Fur Private Col

I am inspired by relationships.  I’m a communications studies major and a lot of my projects have had to do with relational dialects and emotion. It all points back to my desire to understand the innermost self, so I decided to continue that theme into my studio art.  I also really like the forms and characteristics of animals so I chose that as my subject matter to explore this semester.  I am also inspired by political issues, specifically civil rights.  Both of my parents lived in Alabama well into their twenties and I grew up hearing their stories about what it was like back then. So often times I find myself toeing the issue of racism in my art

What Inspires Me

Epic Rap Battles of History and Satirizing Arguments

Epic Rap Battles of History is a youtube series that focuses on satirizing pop culture, political, and religious icons using classic call and response style rap battling.  Each battle pits two people or icons against each other using humor and rhymes.  They serve the purpose of spoofing and pick fun at popular public opinion.  The battles are really just vehicles for peoples opinions.  Even the battles chosen are determined by the people who leave comments on each video, and at the end of each battle the audience can weigh in on who won. In a way, they poke fun at our comparisons of people and things.  They create a rap and rhyme based picture of what our arguments with friends and strangers might look like, and then show us how completely ridiculous it is.  The best example of one of there more political videos would be Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama.

I think that doing a textual analysis of ERBs and how they feed on the opinions of the public would be interesting. I would particularly like to look at why these videos have gone viral.  The content is essentially not positive although it is often humorous, so perhaps that fact that humor is a positive feeling and helps attract millions of viewers.  Maybe they go viral because people can laugh at there own opinions of things.  I also think it would be interesting seeing how the subject matter for their videos has changed over time.

Reference List

Berger, Jonah, and Katherine L Milkman. 2012. “What Makes Online Content Viral??.” Journal Of Marketing Research (JMR) 49, no. 2: 192-205. Communication & Mass Media Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed January 19, 2015).

Epic Rap Battles of History and Satirizing Arguments

What Makes Me Excited About Screen Printing

There are two things that make me extremely exciting about my new Screen Printing class.  First is the process of creation.  I love learning new ways to make things and I enjoy finding new ways to express my art.  I have never screen printed before but it has always been something that I have wanted to learn how to do.

The second reason I’m so excited is that it connects to what I want to do in the future.  I really want to design and sell t-shirts and other textiles, and I really wanted to be able to do as much of the work in-house as possible.  The ability to screen print my own designs would give me a higher level of freedom with my work that might not have been afforded if I relied on printers.  So I’m really looking forward to how this semester progresses

What Makes Me Excited About Screen Printing