Making and selling screenprints for a living.......

By Damon Roberts

Making and selling screenprints for a living.......

This whole business of producing and selling silkscreen art & prints, started off many moons ago as an experiment with one pot of ink and a single tub of photo sensitive emulsion. Things were never meant to go this far, where you are actually living off the print releases you produce. I'm happy to have survived independently doing this for over a decade. As things slowly started to progress and i explored the process further and began producing multi-layer work requiring very tight registration, i was having to use spray mount to hold the individual sheets down whilst printing. This was a horrendous but necessary way of working at the time. I was having to wear a respirator mask to filter out the fumes in the air on a daily basis. As time went on and I understood more about the process, i eventually acquired an industrial side channel blower and built the vacuum bed which sucks all the air out of a metal print platten shown in the first photograph. This now holds all the prints down whilst inks are hand applied using a manual lever to control the pressure. This is when things really started to move in the right direction. Being able to industrialize the production process has made this whole cycle so much easier to manage. This year really is about getting the whole set up working in the most efficient way possible so i can just focus my energies on production from here on in. The main issue now is dealing with the high temperatures that the vacuum fan generates in the studio. My dogs not complaining though, he ignores the noise and tends to sleep right next to it whilst i'm working the print press, enjoying the tropical temperatures!..... And long may that continue Mr Choppers!....

A big thank you to all those who have supported this adventure so far! x