A 5-day ‘Serigraphy Screen Printing’ workshop is being held in the Graphic Studios of Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). As many as 10 students are participating in this workshop and learning the various techniques of printmaking from workshop facilitator, Ms. Kavita Nayar.
Explaining the origin of Serigraphy, Ms. Nayar informed that the term is derived from the Latin word ‘Seri’ meaning silk and Greek word ‘grapho’ meaning ‘to write’. Initially, silk was used for printing, however, now it has been replaced with nylon-based cloth. The process involves forcing ink through a fine screen onto the paper underneath, the process slightly differs depending on the technique. The direct process involves drawing on the screen and as an alternative process, stencils can be used. In photographic serigraphy, a thick black ink coating of photosensitive emulsion is used on a screen which is then exposed to UV Rays in a dark room for developing the print.
She further added that over the course of five days, the participants will learn all these techniques and gain theoretical knowledge on the history and origin of Serigraphy. She also informed that non-toxic acrylic colours are being used in the workshop.