The Magic Of The Forgotten Art Of Silkscreening!

Silk Tiger
Silk Tiger

From 1983 – 1988, I worked at a display and marketing services company with the unfortunate name of Marketing Aids.

The name was coined in the 1960’s, long before the disease was discovered.

Creating large format graphics was a convoluted process in the 1980’s. We did not have the luxury of digital imaging.

The technology consisted of photography, dye transfer, negatives, transparencies and silk-screen.

I used to produce a lot of screen printing at this time. We used a specialist screen printer in Bermondsey called Recam Studios. I used to be in and out of Recam, briefing and collecting jobs.

Deep in the bowels of the screen print department was a young man called Jeff Beale. For such a young man, he was a genius screen printer. Twenty seven years later, Jeffers as I call him is still alive and well in the graphics industry.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Jeff is the world’s finest screen printer. He has since added digital transfer, welding, bespoke premiums and many more technological skills to his undoubted brilliance as a screen printer.

I have always loved this ancient chinese art and screen printing has been used to create some of the wonders of the art world.

This beautiful, Tiger silk screen is vibrant, rich and stunning. The future may be digital but for pure vibrant, consistent colour, silk screen is still a sight to behold.

If you have any comments on this article, I would be delighted to hear from you. If you know Jeff Beale, let me know.

My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.


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