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  • Textile lab

    Posted on December 11th, 2012 Ge No comments

    Since my book include a lot of sewing and I can’t sew, I decided to use the textile lab to sew my book together. Then I realized that I would need an orientation to operate the machines. After I contact the teacher and told her about my project, we went down to the lab together. There are 6 machines, 2 for sewing straight lines, four for both straight and curve. I haven’t used a sewing machines before so I wrote down how to put in the bobbin in, how to wind the upper and lower thread, when I should iron etc. Based on my design, the best way to do it would be sew a long pocket first and then sew small triangles into place. I will go to Joana’s to get supply and start sewing tomorrow

  • Screen printing

    Posted on December 11th, 2012 Ge No comments

    For our last project of the semester, we were assigned to design a new form of book.  For my specific project, I have decided to use fabric as my material. In order to fulfill the prompt of the project, I have to screen print the contend of the book onto the fabric.

    We did a screen printing project this semester but we didn’t make the screen. After learning from other experienced peers, I thought I figured out how to make it work. I poured emulsion onto the screen and pulled over the screen then stored it in the dark closet . One hour later, I took it out to go through the light machine. I put transparency on the bottom and screen on top. 30 secs later, I went to rinse the blocked part emulsion off. Then the whole screen is getting washed off. Then I found out parts that I did wrong: 1. leave the vacuum on while the light shines. 2.  rinse gently. 3.put more emulsion on(thicker layer)

    With these lesions learned,  I tried again. I put more emulsion on, ,left in the closet for a longer time, left the vacuum on and I rinsed the screen nice and gentle. The whole screen was fun and the words showed up clearly but there are many parts that break out.  I tried to screen print on my sketch book and it came out horrible. Also, the paragraph are too close which makes it hard to print one at  a time.

    Screen printing is so much fun but frustrating at the same time. I am going to do my tried try now !