And, in only two days, I learned quite a bit!
My first day was focused on screen printing. I got to assist Kay with screen printing onto fabric, as well as paper. Working with fabric is tricky when you’re printing because it can stretch, whereas paper does not. So, I learned ways to prevent "double printing." I also learned how to "flood the screen," (fancy Printmaking lingo) which prevents the ink from drying out on the screen between prints, as well as how to clean the ink off of the screens and tools afterwards.
It was super helpful to see how Kay plans out her screen prints. For example- she began with a hand drawing of a chair on a large piece of paper. This drawing was too big to fit on a single screen- so she broke the image down into sections (arm rest, seat cushion, etc) which resulted in five different screens. So, you print each section at a time, realigning your fabric to each section, and then your end result is the entire image!
This was really helpful to see, even as a Sculpture major, because it teaches me to think ahead and plan things out! Process is important. While creating your work, or building it, it's important to think about all of your necessary steps ahead of time! If your artwork is large in scale, regardless of the media being used, you’re also going to need to think about how to break it down, store it, move it, etc.