Who: Designer Sara Selepouchin of girls can tell
Redefine: "Hand Pulled"
The process of replicating designs by using pressure to run ink through a stretched silk screen.
To make by hand takes time. Sara writes about the labor involved in just one print. While she admits that it is sometimes a tedious process, her appreciation for it shines through. She describes finding a rhythm that doesn't end in print after print of the exact same thing. Instead, a unique result is achieved and one that is purely handmade.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then hand pulling screen prints is a little insane. Once you have the screen made, hand pulling prints is a quick, repetitive process, but each print is ever so slightly different. I enjoy hand printing because I get into the rhythm of it - you can really let your mind wander when you're in the middle of a large run.
Personally, I love seeing little inconsistencies on a print - it's a joy discovering little flaws that reveal something about how the print was made and knowing there's not another exactly like it. The other thing I've always found fascinating about hand printing is the amount of time it takes to actually prepare the design + make the screen vs. the quick nature of pulling a print vs. how you can then spend an inordinate number of hours printing the same print over + over. It's a deceptively laborious yet quick yet sometimes tedious process.
Over six years ago, I began screen printing by hand mostly because I realized it was probably the easiest, least expensive way to get my drawings onto interesting, useful things. For me, it's always been more about what I'm printing - my illustrations - than the actual process of printing itself. As a self-taught printer, I'm very self-conscious of how I hand pull prints. I've made very intentional decisions to keep my prints as simple as possible - one color, line based - as an effort to make it more about what I'm printing than the printing itself. Keeping the process and the design of equal significance is important to me.
Shown above the jump, from left to right
1 Ranunculus Coasters, $16.00 from girls can tell
2 Printed Book Page, $16.00 from girls can tell
3 Pots and Pans Dishtowel Set, $24.00 from girls can tell
4 Garden Tools Notebook, $8.00 from girls can tell
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About Redefine: Our new column Redefine asks artists to define one term involved in their process. Through this definition, we as buyers will learn a little bit more about the art from conception to realization. We'd like to not only increase awareness of what we are actually purchasing, but also increase appreciation for the process itself, thereby celebrating the handmade lifestyle.
(Images, Sara Selepouchin - as linked)