Jess Hutch.

Monday, July 17, 2006

silkscreenery

silkscreened
Okey doke, finally. Silkscreened toys! How long have I been talking about these without showing images? I was delayed by some technical issues, which I've often found to be the case when I learn a new skill. You get going and then realize that in order to continue, you need to take a trip to some out-of-the-way store to buy a weird little part. And then your sewing machine stops working... I find sewing machine problems to be so incredibly frustrating, I can't even write about it here without gritting my teeth. Anyway, the old machine was traded in, materials were purchased, and toys were made. Good times.

I'm planning to do a longer post about the printing process, because it really is so very fascinating (to me. And perhaps to you?). But I will mention that it took two screens to make these guys, one for the teal color, and one for the red outline. After I printed them, I picked out my faves, sewed them to a plain background, turned them inside out and stuffed them. Then I handsewed them close. Even with the new machine I found the sewing part a bit stressful, because that's just how I am, but I'm pleased with the results.

The toys are for the Plush You! show at Schmancy, in Seattle, which opens in October. I'm really happy to be participating in this show again this year.

I posed these guys on the base of one of two acrylic bar stools we have in the dining room. Our apartment is a retirement home for cool old furniture.

21 Comments:

At 6:14 PM , Rose said...

So you silkscreened instead of gocco'd? That works - they look great! Wonderful color combos.

 
At 7:28 PM , blair said...

I really love these Jess, can't wait to see them in person at Schmancy. I'd love to hear how the process, please tell.

 
At 7:40 PM , Chrissa said...

These are cute! For some reason they remind me of the Whos in Whoville, soulfully singing their Christmas carols.

I find sewing stressful, too. It's not something I can sit down and relax with while watching TV or talking. I get all scrunched-up and anxious while I'm doing it. But needs must.

 
At 10:12 AM , abbyjane said...

I would really like to hear about the process of silkscreening these toys. I've never done silkscreening, but I really like the effect you achieved on these. The colors are great!

 
At 11:00 AM , kelly said...

those are incredible... so cute! and i love the colors you've chosen - somehow, such a perfect pallette for you!

 
At 1:04 PM , tania said...

oh i love them love them love them!
you are so brave to do a two color print the first time- i still have not climbed that hill- scary!
:)

 
At 12:40 AM , blueloks said...

I am really amazed! I also love your stuff at Junc Gallery. I was wondering why you don't sell on your site. I love your stuff and your colors are SO great. I would love to buy a smaller piece, if you have something available.

Thanks!
Jo Ann

 
At 3:52 PM , JanetinPortland said...

I was wondering what you were going to do with silkscreen and here it is. These are great! So different from the knitted dolls-still tender, funny and so mysterious.

 
At 4:00 PM , mia said...

Nice! I like the coloured fabric.

 
At 7:20 PM , LLA said...

Oh - these are so fabulous! The expressions... their darling little expressions - simply wonderful.

I know I comment on this all the time, but I do so love your eye for color...

I'm looking forward to learning about the process, too...

 
At 10:19 AM , cynic the lamb said...

Oh my god - those are so adorable! You have reached a whole new level of heartbreakingly cute with these. I so love them!

 
At 4:49 PM , punkinpieproductions said...

my computer and i have a love/hate relationship too. It's ok.
love the "tracy" character below!

 
At 2:20 PM , lyn said...

Now THAT'S what I call cute !
: )

 
At 12:04 AM , thebutterflycollector said...

I hate my sewing machine when it breaks too! Why can't things just work???? These lovely critters look like they are about to go for a whizzy dizz on a perspex merry go round!!!

 
At 7:22 AM , Chrissy said...

They look great. I always love your super cool little creatures!

 
At 10:16 AM , RBG said...

Isn't silkscreening great?! Did you manage to find an actual silk screen? I ask because your colors are so wonderfully saturated and consistent. And your registration is amazing! I'm a big fan of cool and warm colors together, and the two on the orangey background is quite nice. I love the expression on these guys. More achingly sweet than cute, for me at least. Once again, a job well done :)

 
At 3:46 PM , Jules Knoblock said...

These are oh so sweet. I imagine if one were to use them as a pillow sweet dreams would be inevitable ;)

 
At 3:14 AM , Imaginasi said...

Hi Jess! I am very interested to know more about the silkscreen process. I've always wanted to try, but I don't know how. Perhaps you can show me step-by-step how it is done? That would be great. Thanks!

 
At 10:02 PM , Majeak Ann said...

hi!
I just found your blog.*~*
These are sooo cute!love the color combos...
I'll definitely come back,
*lovely plushies!

Marjorie Ann

 
At 3:57 PM , Jeff said...

These dudes are great...I love that they combine drawing and toymaking.

 
At 4:56 PM , vegasandvenice said...

LOVE them! I can not wait to see them in person! They are fabulous Jess!

 

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