In the early 80's with my only artistic abilities being photography I decided to explore the art of screen printing. I was lucky that here in Cincinnati there is a rich printing history and the screen printing side of it was vast. The largest screen printer here and I believe for a while possibly the largest in the country, Velva Sheen is where I started. A friend from my high school years was an artist for the company, so I went to him to see if he could help me out. After some conversations about where to start he decided we would do a fine art print from an old negative he had from 1927 at a train station in Natural Bridge, Kentucky. We took that negative to a local blueprint shop where the guy that ran the darkroom was a friend. Explaining what we needed (my friend did the explaining, I hadn't a clue) we were off to find the other things we'd need for the project. A trip to Cincinnati Screen Products to buy ink, screens, mesh, squeeges and mineral spirits for the clean up. About a week later the film positives needed for screens for each color were ready and to my surprise there were probably 30 films. What? The first project and we were going to try to print 30 colors? It felt overwhelming. We shot the first few screens (all we bought) and set out to see what we could do. Below you'll see the results and I think you'll agree they were real good. Of all the screen printing I've done in the last 35 years this remains my favorite project. Thanks for checking it out. Peace!!
Sorry that I rambled on about the first project without really touching on the screen printing basics. I'll do that one soon. Peace!!