Create a two-color graphic tote bag using both hand-cut stencils and photo-based imagery with silkscreen processes. Students will bring a black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design. They will learn the basics of screen printing by first making a hand-cut stencil to create their first layer. After printing this first layer, students will receive a demo in how to transform digital imagery into “screen print-ready” designs, burn a screen, and learn to pull prints.
2 Tote bags per student will be provided, but feel free to hit the thrift shop and bring up to 5 additional items to print on. Fabric items just need to be flat to work well. Acceptable items include t-shirts, tote bags, bandanas, tea towels, or even skirts or jeans jackets!
About Nick Mahshie
Nick Mahshie is a textile designer and artist from Miami, Florida. He holds a Masters of Design in Fashion, Body & Garment from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he worked under the renowned visual artist, Nick Cave, and a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design.
As Oolite Arts’ printmaking resident, Mahshie brings his knowledge of contemporary print practices to the public by leading workshops and hosting open studio hours to interested artists and designers
Mahshie also teaches in the Foundation Studies program at Florida International University’s College of Architecture and The Arts. He has worked with artists of all ages as an educator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Children’s Museum of Art in New York City.