Studio Harlen shows us how to screen print

Ever wondered how prints appear on t-shirts and bags? It's done by a process called screen printing and we had a chance to try it recently at an ACHICA Blogger Breakfast at Studio Harlen. Made up of design duo Sophie Harris and Kate Underwood, Studio Harlen is an exciting British brand that launched in 2011, and their work has recently been featured on promotion at ACHICA.

Together they create a range of stunning bags and clothing. We headed down to their studio in Hackney to get the low down on their work and find out how they make their printed scarves. Here's how it's done...

First they explained how a screen print is put together - it involves a long process using photo emulsion, UV light, a dark room and water.

When you've created your print and put a generous amount of fabric ink on it, you use a squeegee to spread it thinly over the screen - using a flood stroke method - an angled squeegy stroke from top to bottom, used to fill the screen with ink.

Carefully place a piece of fabric under the screen, then gently bring the squeegy down with a flood stroke method again - this will press the ink that was previously on the screen onto the fabric.

And here are the results...

Look out for Studio Harlen, coming soon to ACHICA.

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Keya Modessa, ACHICA Features Writer

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