Learn to Screenprint Your Own T-shirts with Better Than Jam

Karin Persan
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Taught by Karin Persan

Karin Persan is a hands on textile designer and maker, working from her store and studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  She received her BFA in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused in Fiber and Material Studies.  She formed her line "Better Than Jam" of printed clothing and accessories shortly after graduating, while teaching on the side.  In early 2010 she opened a boutique of the same name, which has since grown to include a communal studio and workshop space.

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In this 2-night intensive class, you'll get hands on and learn the entire process of silkscreening.

The first night you'll be introduced to the materials, shown different methods of printing, and become more comfortable with the process with lots of sample printing. We'll learn how to set up, register, and production style print tshirts on our press.

During the second night, you'll create your own two color or one color large scale silkscreen! Each student will create their t-shirt design with their own 8.5" x 14" artwork and transfer the design onto two silkscreens, for a two color print, front and back print OR you can choose to use one screen but 12"x 14" artwork image.

Come prepared with your artwork the first night, so we can discuss them and plan ahead. If you want a hand drawn look, bring your sketch, on 8.5"x14" max, so you can trace right onto the film. If graphically inclined, send your images to karin@betterthanjamnyc.com at least one prior to class. Your image MUST be in GRAYSCALE AND high resolution. Images off the web WILL NOT WORK.

You will be provided with four fashion-cut, white cotton tshirts (a size run S-XL) for your final print, but bring your own if you have a look/color choice in mind. Students will be given about an hour of "free print" time, so bring as much as you want if you have a project in mind!
You will not be able to keep your silkscreens, but if you want to, let me know. You can purchase the used screen at cost at the end of class if you wish. Most likely that would cost $38 each screen. 


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