Friend and fellow designer/screenprinter Andrew Findley has been super busy cranking out some amazing work under the banner of Subject Matter Studio. I had a chance to shoot the breeze via email and this is what he had to say…
How long have you been screenprinting?
I’ve been screenprinting since mid 2007. Before that I was designing posters and paying to have people print them for me. With the help of a few friends and websites like www.gigposters.com I was able to learn the art of screenprinting.
Briefly describe your process?
First, I design the poster while keeping color separations in mind. Next I print out each color separation including the registration marks that will be used to line up the separations. Then I expose uv light to emulsion coated screens for each color. From there I print each color to create the final design.
What is your favorite part of the process?
My favorite part of the screenprinting process is when I pull the last color and start to see the final product in which all these different steps have come together to create a piece I am proud of.
What is your least favorite part of the process?
My least favorite part of the process has to be reclaiming the screens after the posters have been printed.
You have been doing a lot of work for the Avett Bros. Describe the challenges/rewards of doing lots of designs for the same band.
One of the main challenges is continuing to find solutions for very similar design problems, such as coming up with original ideas for the same band over and over. Not only is it nice to have a consistent client it is rewarding to create lots of posters for a band whose music I enjoy and appreciate.
What’s on the horizon for Subject Matter Studio?
2010 is looking promising for Subject Matter Studio with many posters and designs in the works. Our debut at the American Poster Institute’s SXSW Flatstock in Austin, TX this year was very successful and a lot of fun. For the latest on Subject Matter Studio visit us at www.subjectmatterstudio.com.