After over 20 years I returned to being a student today. Albeit on a little course, not a fully fledged full time degree kind of course.
I started a screen printing course today and I LOVE it!
I've dabbled with screen-printing a tiny bit in the past (accompanying Manda to the workshop on one highly satisfactory occasion) and have more recently been enjoying the delights of Freezer Paper Printing. But I finally got myself booked onto an actual screen-printing course.
The course I am on is at Factory 4 Workshop in Leeds and is run by a wonderful lady called Gina, who is not only but a fantastic teacher but is so passionate about screen printing that it's contagious. Not that I was worried about whether I would like it or not. From my limited experience I pretty much knew this was for me.
The course is 6 weeks long (2 idyllic hours every Thursday) and I'm just back from the first session. We have learnt SO much already!
We went through the entire process of producing a screen and then printing with it.
We used an image that Gina had brought today and printed onto paper to learn a couple of techniques.
There are 6 of us on the course, all of whom are really lovely and from very different backgrounds, so we are learning a lot from each other too.
I now need to sit down and focus my brain, because at the moment it is buzzing and going in a zillion different directions. As well as making time for the course, I am going to time-table in 'design time' in order to stay focussed and productive. I am very rapidly discovering that the options are endless with screen printing and I am very keen to work out quite how it is all going to fit in with what I do.
Very exciting times...