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.
Glitter screen printing
Regressive or ostentatious, cosmetic or festive, glitter can be sprinkled on the surface of papers or mixed with varnish. A new material, an effect in the ink, combining color, reflection and inclusions of glitter like a lipgloss. To ensure that the effect is as stunning as it is long-lasting, we also offer free of fossil fuels glitter, eco-responsible and biodegradable.
Relief screen printing
Relief screen printing is a unique material. Seeing the ink flowing on the paper and settling in relief is a very interesting process. With a thick screen, the ink sits in a mold and stays on the sheet, giving a rounded and voluptuous result like silicone. The ink is worked in thickness, transparent or colored, superimposed on a print or placed directly on the paper where by contrast of colors 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 colors, all these parameters are key in the success of this technique that our screen printers like to perfect.
Random screen printing
The most artistic of the workshop’s techniques is random printing. Directly placed on the screen, the inks are applied in shades and with each pass new shades are created. Each print is a unique version of the same visual that can vary infinitely. The Kenzo Memento 2018 invitation played off of “Hokusaï’s Wave” in a series of invitations and posters sent, displayed and shared in a hypnotic video before the show. Collector!
"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."