Here continues the story of how a fabric is made. As I mentioned in a previous blog posting, the bright yellow fabric above is my original artwork which we are in the process of making into a linen/cotton fabric. I send the original design to the screen making mill and they mimic the design the best they can on the computer in some case and by hand in others. They then send me a paper sample showing the fabric reproduction that shows how the fabric will look and how the colors will be divided. Once I approve it, they will make a screen. A screen is a large wooden or metal board that will lie on a table and create one color of the design There is a different screen for each color in the design. Each color of a design is printed individually and then left to dry so that the next screen can be placed on the table for the next color to be printed....and over and over. So the more colors a design has, the more screens a design has, the more runs a fabric goes through and of course the more time-consuming and expensive a fabric is.
In the design above I asked the screen maker to make this design a little washy and toned...Above is an extreme version showing the depth of variance I am able to achieve, if I desire. The design can be more single toned like the original or double toned like the CAD...depending on how extreme I choose the 2 colorways to be. This design has 2 colorways, so for it to be extreme I would pick a light yellow and a dark yellow. For it to be more single toned (like the original) I would pick 2 similar yellows....Once the CAD is approved the screen printers send the carved screens to the printing mill and they start on all my color ways. I will let you know when I receive those (the most fun part ;-).
"Trail of Inspiration" is a blog by Lulu deKwiatkowski of LULU DK. Besides being the creative force behind her textile company, Lulu is also an artist, well seasoned traveler, mother of three, and lover of all things that elicit memories of joy, color, and curiosity.