After much ♥MUCH♥ trial and error, I’m starting to slowly get the hang of exposing and pulling my silk screen! I made a bunch of limited totes that I will be launching soon. #totebag #screenprinting #illustration #art
Limited edition of 27. Seven-color screenprint on black archival paper.
Three witches gather on a mountain summit paying homage to the dying winter and the onset of Spring. A fire blazes as firelight dances with moonlight and the scene becomes a swirl of energetic illumination. With the high winds whipping through the air the three witches join hands to encircle the purifying fire. Their clasped hands form a continuous circuit that captures the palpable energy in the air and alludes to the never-ending cycle of the year. They dance to say farewell to the Moon that rules the winter skies. Their haunting chants echo through the mountains and fill the midnight air. As the sky lightens throughout the night they send away the moon and greet the rising sun as the new ruler of the skies for the summer half of the year.
Walpurgisnacht (April 30th – May 1st) is a celebration observed mostly in Central and Northern European countries with roots in Germany. It begins at moonrise on April 30th and ends when the sun rises on May 1st. The night is also referred to as Hexennacht meaning “Witches’ Night.” It is believed that witches and other magic folk gather on Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz mountains of Germany, to worship the darker powers inherent in their craft. There could be multiple reasons for this worship of the darker powers. First, because it is the last night in which the moon rules the sky which embodies the unknown, the darker side (but not necessarily evil), and psychic abilities. Secondly, this time of year is exactly opposite of Samhain (Halloween) on the wheel of the year. Whereas Samhain celebrates death and the onset of winter, Springtime festivals celebrate life and growth starting anew. Both holidays together span the entire year as two parts of a whole and this duality means that both share certain characteristics, mainly that the veil between the spirit world and our world is at it’s thinnest. This means that all spell work and magical workings performed during this time are more powerful. With this channel open magical practitioners are able to harness energies from the spirit world adding them to the energies gathered from our world. However, magic can be dangerous during this night because the dead can enter our realm and hold sway over energies.
Hi, I’m Barry D Bulsara, a screen print artist based in Leicestershire, UK. I was originally a graphic designer but after being made redundant in 2013 I decided to try and make a living out of my hobby: selling limited edition hand pulled screen prints online though Etsy and Folksy.com.
How long have you been making stuff and what made you want to start?
I’ve always been making art of one kind or another - be it painting or sculpting - as a creative outlet from my day job being a graphic designer which can be very creatively boring.
Can you tell us about how your journey into designing screen printing began?
I was looking for an alternative to painting as I was finding it too time consuming. Then one weekend I did an introduction to screen printing course at the Leicester Print Workshop and I’ve been hooked ever since!
Where do you draw your ideas and inspiration from?
I’ve always loved the escapism that comes with watching movies and certain TV shows. Most of the films that inspire me are from my childhood, the biggest influence being Star Wars. Nowadays TV series are my main inspiration, I do watch a lot of TV! I think the current quality of programmes, especially coming out of America, is fantastic.
What sort of plans do you have for your store? What’s next for you?
I’m hoping to soon have my own dedicated e-commerce website so I can move from Etsy & Folksy. Apart from that I just keep on doing what I do and want to expand my range of t-shirts, which is a new area for me.
Apart from creating and selling prints, what else do you spend your time doing?
I love what I do so it very rarely feels like work. When I want to switch off I watch the latest TV box set or film, which is kind of research for me, but enjoyable all the same. I also like to get out of the studio every day and go for a coffee at my local bar The Orange Tree. I tend to sit at the bar with my laptop catching up on admin work or with my sketchpad working on ideas. It’s a great little independent place with a very chilled out vibe and, as well as displaying my work, they make great mochas!
Tell us about the feeling of having something you’ve created with your own hands go to someone who obviously loved what you’ve made?
This might sound a bit cheesy but I design all my prints with me as the ‘client’; so, when someone else likes one of my prints enough to part with their hard earned cash, it’s a great endorsement and confidence boost.
Do you have any tips for people wanting to make and sell their own products?
I would say if you want to make a living out of what you love to do, whether it’s your art or writing or anything, just go for it! But if you do, don’t expect to give up the day job straight away, unless you’re really lucky! Start small and see how your products go and use the feedback from your experience to build on. Also go to local craft fairs and speak to other artists/designers and ask for advice; you’ll find most very willing to part with their knowledge. I would also say that you have to be prepared to put in the hours, so, if you work full time your social life may have to take a back seat for a while.
A huge thank you to Barry for the interview! Be sure to check out his work at the following links:
My contribution to tomorrow night’s “Idiot Box 2” show at Gallery 1988 (West) in Los Angeles. My first completely digitally designed screenprint, this was a big fun monster to do and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. The first ten in the edition are hand embellished with ink wash for a ‘weathered’ look.
Full details including pricing and availability along with extra detail views in the blog.