Not in the industry – but in my world! My wife a few months back purchased me a gift card at a local print shop for a 3 hour session. Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. http://www.chicagoprintmakers.com/ This place has all sorts of printing presses and processes under 1 roof, but the main reason she bought me the gift card was their silkscreen department.
I had wanted to do silkscreen at home for some time now, but it has taken me forever to finally get to it. I purchased 3 yards of screen on Ebay and stretched it over old picture frames I had lying around the house. I stapled the screen around the perimeter, and then I added a bead of glue and duct tape to finish the edges.
Blick sold me a quart of emulsion made by Ulano, and last week I locked myself in the closet and made my own at home darkroom so I could spread the emulsion with a scoop coater.
Saturday I shot down to the CPC, and exposed the emulsion via a large vacuum light table – 6 minutes each screen. Washed it out in the bathtub and BAM – i’m ready!
Stay tuned as the prints come out – but for now this is the only sneak peek you will get.