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. 

macro image of green leaves

Image of a decaying leaf

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 photo resists that are used to transfer the image onto the surface of the pieces. 

  image of leaf overlay with glass tumbler

The photo resists are wrapped around the vessel and sandblasted, which creates a slightly raised, textured surface image the preserves the lines in gorgeous detail.  


Glass vessels with sandblasted leaf detail by Nick Chase

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 onto the shirt fabric. 

Black and white maple leaves on a silkscreen transparency

Women's shirt with transparency of leaves against it


We aren't done experimenting with different kinds of leaves just yet! Growing our Flora line (pun intended) is one of the things that we hope to be able to work on at some point this year!