This semester, I’m taking a class called “Pattern Design and Print”. For this project, we needed to screen print four yards of muslin using the same elements in different ways. I work best when I have a theme to work off of, and the week before this was assigned, my friend’s dog had had an unlucky encounter with a skunk, stinking up her house. I decided to avenge my friend’s nose through art.
I preferred to use stencils rather than photo emulsion for two reasons: I could make stencils quickly, and I could change them out easily (I was only given two screens to work with).
I started by thumbnailing shapes for the skunk. At first I thought I wanted a linear skunk with its legs splayed out to the sides, but decided that didn’t create enough movement. I ended up creating a skunk that curved, which not only created movement, but could also interlock somewhat. I made three sizes of this design.
I experimented with the tire/road element throughout the process. I kept asking myself “How many different ways can I convey the idea of a road?”
Mixing the colors was fun, figuring out the different levels of transparency.
Anyway, enough talk, here are the results!