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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Second visit to the Print Workshop

So, continuing my screenprint experience, I spent a fruitful day as described in the previous
post at the Leicester Print Workshop with my tutor for the day, Katie, who took me
through the screenprint process from start to finish. It all went swimmingly and by the
end of the day I had, with the help of Katie produced a veritable pile of prints. All I had
to do now was return next time and remember it all.....

No problem I thought....I will go straight back on the Wednesday evening session and
by then, even with my Goldfish memory some of it will have stuck, but no, this plan was 
thwarted by my daughter, Megan who wanted me to go with her to the local dog rescue 
centre with our dog Archie, to do a 'meet and greet' with one of the inmates, 'dee dee',
who Megan was determined to adopt.
On a side note the name 'Dee Dee' was given to her by the home as her original name 
was 'Donna'? Bit Weird..
Anyway, the 'meet and greet' went well but this buggered my chance to go printing, 
so I had to wait until this Wednesday, a whole ten days since my lesson! 

Luckily there is a technician always present and I availed myself of Sarah, the resident print angel, who was always in the background ready to advise where I was going wrong. Its weird how I could remember some parts of the process but couldn't remember others, such as, which way up the frame went and which cupboard contained the 'stuff' for this and the 'thingamajig' for that. So I spent lots of time looking like a spare part whilst the other people there hurried around doing their own work until one of them would make the mistake of eye contact and I would seize this moment to ask things like "where do you keep the masking tape" and "is this upside down?"

Despite this everybody was more than helpful and on one occasion I had three people showing me how to use the print down frame. They were all doing different things and were more than happy to share their knowledge and ideas with me.
So, by the end of the the two hours I spent there I had produced two print frames, each one with a three colour design on, ready for my next visit on Wednesday.
I just wonder if anyone will make eye-contact with me....