Screenprinting is a versatile tool for the creation of images that can be easily and quickly reproduced, making it an especially useful process for posters, zines, and other illustrated vessels for visual culture. Today, screenprinting has become synonymous with clean, vector-like images, but before the digital age, screenrprinting practitioners utilized a variety of analog methods to create their screens, including paint, cutouts and even photographic methods, resulting in images with more texture and beautiful imperfections. This workshop will embrace analog methods by demonstrating how to use collage to create screenprinted images. Participants will learn basic screenprinting processes, tools, and techniques as well as a unique method for transferring a handmade collage to a screen. Embracing the true spirit of collage, hand-cut pieces of materials from multiple sources will be combined to create a collaborative and playful shape-based image to print on posters. Leave your computers at home, and prepare to experiment and get a bit messy!
Each student will produce one or two screenprinted posters that they can take home based off of a collaborative screen that they produce in small groups.
This workshop is relevant to any student in Communication Design, Studio Art, Fashion Design, and Architecture.
Danielle Ridolfi is an illustrator and designer currently pursuing her MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture in the Sam Fox School. Before pursuing illustration, Danielle completed a BFA in graphic design from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and worked as a designer at several St. Louis-based agencies, including Enrich Creative, New Honor Society, and Cheree Berry Paper. Her design and illustration work has been featured in Honest History Magazine, AIGA St. Louis, and Local Lands and she is a contributing writer for Uppercase Magazine. She has a special passion for children’s picture books and experimenting with innovative image making strategies, including collage and printmaking. When she’s not writing or illustrating, you can find Danielle reading a stack of library books or wandering in the woods hunting for inspiration.