The Printing Tree is an artist screen printing studio located in Wimbledon,London. The studio, run by artist-printmaker D.B. Pasgon offers:
- Introductory and intermediate level classes designed to suit each student’s individual level
- Customisable workshops which focus on exploring the craft of screen printing by creating personalized artworks for printing on tea towels, stationery, cards and tee-shirts
- Open access to studio facilities for individual projects
In collaboration with other designers, artists and makers, The Printing Tree also creates its own range of limited edition handcrafted products. Please visit our SHOP to view our collection online.
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Screen printing or serigraphy involves the pushing of ink (or any other printing medium) using a ‘squeegee’ through a fabric mesh or ‘screen’ that has been stretched on a hard frame, and to which a stencil has been applied. The screen is prepared for this process by using a photo-emulsion. The stencil’s openings determine the image that will be imprinted.
The image can then be printed onto paper, glass, wood, textile or ceramic – in fact, any surface that can be stretched and printed on. Each colour requires a separate screen to be prepared in the same manner.
Although a machine may be used for commercial printing, artists create each print by hand expending a great deal of time, effort and creativity. They often only create one perfect print, making them unique and difficult to replicate. The nature of serigraphy is such that even though the intention may be to create multiple identical prints, the process of printing by hand cannot guarantee this, creating slight variations in each print.
Primarily used for its ability for mass production, screen printing as an art form became popular during the early 1950s and ’60s with artists Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol exploring the medium.