A silk screen printers tools of trade


These are the bare tools of trade of a master silk screen printer having over 35 years of experience behind him. How much ever I try bringing in sophisticated tools and implements, he steadfastly refuses to part with these. He has done some exceptional work with us in the past and has lots more to offer in the coming future. What I am implying here is that great work does not need jazzy paraphernalia, it only needs passion and skill. 

I have noticed that a lot of skilled people who are masters of their trade are very particular and possessive with their tools and any kind of change disrupts their creative cycle.

Let me be honest, I am one of those who buys all sorts of sophisticated tools but rarely uses them. So this is an eye-opener for me. 

Silk screen printing at AP

A few days back, I was trying my hands at silk screen printing. What I am trying here is only done by our master printers, who have over 35 years of experience behind them. This particular process is not your normal silk screen printing where you print with one colour at a time. Here we are adding 3 colours, side by side on the silk screen and letting them mix naturally thus giving us a colourful impression. This process technically gives us about 5-6 individually unique prints after which the colours mix into a darker shade and have to be cleaned. We then pour the three colours again and repeat the procedure; this is how we do thousands of print impressions in this range of products. We can add as many colours we want, the important thing is to know what the adjacent colours will mix or merge into. 

Our master printers call this technique Vignette. I am also using this in our store stationery and complimentary envelopes that we distribute with our pieces of art.

You can explore and buy products with this technique from our outlets at the Mumbai airport and our studio at Shahpurjat.