Screen printing has been with us for a long time. There is debate as to whether it first originated with the ancient Polynesians or the ancient Chinese. As Singaporeans, we are probably most familiar with Batik screen printing, where wax is selectively applied with dye to create patterns on fabric.
There’s a good chance that screen printing first became widespread as means to print repeated motifs on clothing.
If you’ve always wanted to make your own designs, whether as part of a t-shirt or as a painting, the renowned Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) is holding a workshop!
Situated at 41 Robertson Quay, on Level 2, STPI is housed within a restored 19th century warehouse. Their namesake comes from American arts educator and master printer, Kenneth Tyler. It was he who suggested Singapore have its own large print workshop and paper mill. STPI was officially opened in 2002.
The screen printing workshop is two hour workshop, which STPI recommends for ages seven years and up. Called A Rose Tinted Glass, the two hour workshop aims to get you to re-create the rose motif in the famous stained-glass window as seen in Beauty and The Beast.
Tickets are $37.39 each and the classes are held from 10:30am in the morning until 12:30pm in the afternoon. Dates still available for booking are available on STPI’s web page here.
By the way, if you’re considering signing up with your friends and family to learn about the art of screen printing, you may also want to visit their gallery.
Their current showcase, Shaping Visions, features five Cultural Medallion winners from our own sunny island. You’ll get to gaze upon artworks by masters of collage, watercolour, Chinese ink, even performance art! The showcase will end on 15 November. Don’t miss it!