Thursday, June 30, 2011
Squid Screen Print
This evening, the filmmaker is teaching an art class on screen printing methods at the local town library; these type of arts and crafts classes are informative though informal and are aimed to attract participants of all ages, though I anticipate a skew in the crowd towards the older demographic. In preparation for his instruction, the filmmaker has been collecting various ink and screen supplies, as well as honing his personal craft and technique. Originally, he had planned to give me a private tutorial prior to his larger lesson, and I had, true to my octopus obsession, sketched out a large specimen, tentacles twisted in an interplay of invertebrate glory, to draft later onto the screening fabric. The design, for a novice, was ambitious, but I was determined. Due to some long work days and a generally exhausted state, the tutorial was postponed and, ultimately, the filmmaker beat me to the cephalopod punch, utilizing his advanced artistry, creating the above Humboldt squid screen. I love how the actual printing onto the tee shirt is rather faded, evoking a worn-in and vintage feel, appropriate for so mighty and ancient a creature.