PAX Australia isn’t far away, about 21 days. I have all the important stuff organised, like my press pass, accommodation and travel. I even have my new business cards, which you saw earlier. What I haven’t done yet is create my The Campaigner branded clothing.
There were two options open to me. The first was heat transfer. This was quite affordable, and if done by a local printing place, would come out looking quite nice. The only drawback was that heat transfers don’t translate well onto black clothing.
I have always wanted to try my hand at screen printing. Back at the start of the century, I spent a few weeks working at a screen printing company, and have always been interested to see what I could achieve at home. By coincidence, I also happen to have some old screen printing screens laying around.
So a few weeks ago I picked up some emulsion and some fabric ink. I ran a couple of disastrous tests, but through trial and error I managed to get the basic process of exposing a screen, applying the ink and cleaning up.
With a little confidence behind me, I made an attempt at printing The Campaigner logo onto five shirts and one hooded jacket. A short photo essay of the process follows.