I’ve been on a voyage of experimentation, trying to understand how I can make a very detailed but easy to make screen for dye printing on fabric. We wanted a lot of flexibility with the screens, and we wanted them to be reusable and easily washed out. The method needed to work with very detailed designs as well as those with fewer precise cuts. I didn’t want to get into photo-resist screenprinting. Having a good space for exposing a screen and washing out the resist was a problem. Here’s a peek at experiment 1:
The method we’ve been testing gets us 80% off the way to where we want to go. There is some fine tuning that we hope to present soon, but here’s what we have so far. This is printing with fiber reactive thickened dye on cotton, but I’m sure this is all applicable to using inks or even some paints. Thickened dye is just what we do.