Workshop created in 2011
Workshop created in 2011
Just like in the factory, the Imprimerie du Marais has its own silk-screen printing production, precise for the details and intractable colours in gilding. A small technical precision, silk-screen printing works like a stencil where the ink passes through a traditional silk screen (silk-printing) to settle with finesse and coverage on the support. The dense coloured ink can be used on all colours and all substrates; tone on tone, white on black, cardboard, plexiglass, wood, fibrous or rough substrates. The ink can dry in UV light and express its full liveliness through the various substrates. It can also evaporate when produced with natural ingredients, thanks to new techniques and procedures we can even create edible inks. Working directly on his table, the screen printer is a colourist who works his ink in thickness and texture, composing unique recipes with varnish, glitter, phosphorescence effects and options such as scratch inks.
"WHEN A PRINTER WITH A DESIRE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE SETS UP A SCREEN PRINTING FACTORY, HE IS EAGER FOR EXPERIENCE AND FINDS THE PLEASURE OF THE MANUAL ON THE SCREEN."
In the studio, the screenprints start in a dark room, where the screens dry and wait for the films to be "flashed" onto the canvases. The screen-printer knows his screens, chooses the thickness of his induction as if he were creating a mould, defining its roughness, fineness and density. It is then by hand that the inks, as well as their colours and textures, are made. He invents unexpected finishes by daring to use glitter, playing with gradations, testing the coverage of the solid areas in their lacquered perfection, or leaving room for imperfections like Japanese ceramics.
Regressive or ostentatious, cosmetic or festive, glitter can be sprinkled on the surface of papers or included in a varnish. We see new materials, an effect in ink combining colour, reflection and glitter inclusions as in a gloss. To ensure that the effect is as impressive as it is long-lasting, we also offer glitter without fossil components, which is eco-friendly and biodegradable.
Silkscreen printing in relief is a unique material, and seeing the ink flow onto the paper and settling on it in relief is a very interesting process. With a thick screen, the ink is placed in a mould and remains on the sheet, giving a rounded and voluptuous result like silicone. The ink is worked in thickness, transparent or coloured, superimposing itself on a print or laying directly on the paper whereby the contrast of colours and materials, the tone on tone reveals the content. The size of the typography, the shape, the quality of the paper used, the liveliness of the colours, all these parameters are key to the success of this technique that our screen printers love to perfect.
The most artistic of the factory’s techniques are indeed random/ irregular printing. The inks are applied directly on the screen in nuances and new nuances are created with each passage. Each print is a unique version of the same vision which can then vary infinitely. The Kenzo Memento 2018 invitation played the “Vague d’HokusaÏ” in a series of invitations and posters sent, displayed and shared in a hypnotic video before the show. Collector!