Nick's been playing around with the use of leaves for years as both a glass artist and a photographer. We love the concept behind his glass leaf series so much we wanted to apply it to screen printing, too.
Whether it's for a tee or for a glass vessel, the first step in his process is finding the right leaf. Nick will either take it home and dry it nice and straight, usually between the pages of a heavy book, so that it can be scanned. Or, if he's got his camera with him, he'll take macro photos to capture all the leaf's delicate lines and veins.
Next, the images are digitally edited to be completely black and white and altered to enhance the contrast. For the glass work, the images are printed out onto photoresists that are used to transfer the image onto the surface of the pieces.
The photoresists are wrapped around the vessel and sandblasted, which creates a slightly raised, textured surface image the preserves the lines in gorgeous detail.
When it comes to screen printing on fabric, the black and white digital images are printed out onto transparencies that are then exposed onto silkscreens. The final steps is pulling the print by hand with the screen press onto the shirt fabric.
We aren't done experimenting with different kinds of leaves, and their beautiful textures, shapes, and lines, with our screen press.
Growing our Flora line is one of the things that we hope to be able to work on at some point this year!