Elizabeth Turrell and Jessica Turrell generously facilitated a day that was very actioned packed and encompassed a range of study which included:
- A talk and viewing of enamel samples and experimental works
- A demonstration of screen printing for enamel transfers
- A demonstration of a panel being fired in the large scale kiln
- A tour of the printmaking department & extended UWE facilities
- A tour of the Illustration BA Hons and MA Design/Printmaking Degree Shows
The artwork was prepared with a variety of products (inks/crayons/torn paper/lace etc)
Once exposed to light, the screen is washed to reveal the image.
The following step is to carefully register the transfer paper.
Finally the printed sheets are stacked, to dry off.
- The printed paper is cut to shape.
- Then it is dipped briefly in a shallow bowl of water, which results in the backing paper becoming loose.
- Next, holding the image over the enamel surface you can then slide off the backing paper.
- The transparent film remaining, which contains the enamel ink, is smoothed over the enamel surface and should be left to dry.
- Additionally the transparent film that the enamel ink is printed onto should be carefully burnt off before a full fire - this smokes a bit so full venation is essential.
- The piece is fired as per requirement to the design / the enamels you are using - firing is much the same I would say as for painted enamels. (ie. don't over fire, otherwise the ink will burn out ! )
Unfortunately, it is not possible to show photos of the degree shows, but needless to to say the standard of work on view was totally amazing. It left a few of us wishing to start a second degree, and enrolment on MA programmes seemed to be a most favourable route! This desire was particularly enforced as the tour from the shows led into room after room of facilities. The departments at UWE on the Bower Ashton Campus boast laser cutting, and mind boggling 3D printmaking technologies, in tandem with an enviable selection of traditional printmaking processes.
To conclude it is needless to say that the visit was a great success and yet another great learning adventure ! Many Thanks to Elisabeth, Jessica and all the staff at UWE for sharing their knowledge and providing an excellent range of inspirational events.