Well, hmm. My New Year’s Resolution was to complete one awesome (if small) design project a month. January produced a killer valentine card design that was to be screenprinted in February along with the Do More With Less tees (only $24!) at my fabulous weekly Wellington Adult Education Screenprinting class, thus keeping me on track with my resolution, and securing me a place in history as the Designer Who Made The Best Valentine Ever (Ever).
Only… the screenprinting class was a joke. The facility did not have the resources necessary to make proper prints. I’m not a snob– but decent inks and decent paper (or ANY paper! supposed to be provided as part of course fees, but it wasn’t!!) are kind of must-haves. Hinge clamps also would have been very very helpful to prevent the screens from sliding all over and blurring the prints. Aahhh! I’m reliving the madness. I was pretty upset when I left my first class. I had discovered why Wellington Adult Education courses have a No Refund policy.
So there went the resolution. But there were a few lights at the end of the tunnel that was the creatively fruitless Jan/Feb period.
One. I realized you can actually burn screens accurately without a fancy UV exposure table, and I watched it done with nothing more than one ole lamp.
Two. My landlord has possibly agreed to give me a key to the shack in the backyard, let me clean it up, and use it as a screenprinting studio. HOLLA!
Three. I watched a lecture by designer and concepter extraordinaire Daniel Eatock and remembered why he’s just all that and a bag of chips, plus probably the fish too. This graphic design lecture had… no images in it. Imagine that.