I’m Ada Ruiz, this summer’s Getty intern here at Corita Art Center. During my 10-week internship I developed programs at two Immaculate Heart Communities - Casa Esperanza and Kenmore residence. The program consisted of a D.I.Y Screen printing project that used embroidery hoops, which left everyone fascinated. We engaged in conversations about Corita’s powerful works of art in the wake of turbulent times, as well as the techniques she used to do just that. These D.I.Y screen print hoops provided a perfect introduction to that similar technique and serve as a basis to teach Corita’s legacy.
But alas, as August comes to a close so does my wonderful internship here at the Center. I want to thank everyone I worked with this summer; you guys have made my experience here worthwhile.
A D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) technique that will introduce the concept of screen printing that is similar to Corita Kent’s artistic methods. This project may be limited to older age groups when it comes to assembling, but can be accessible to any age groups when the finishing hoop is ready for usage.
OPTIONAL MATERIALS NEEDED
Use these materials in case freezer paper does not stick completely to the mesh fabric
2. Using the inner hoop, trace around the inside of the hoop on the paper side of the freezer paper.
3. Still on the paper side, draw your desired design and remember to keep it within the traced circle. This will become your stencil.
4. Cut out design using exacto knife or scissors.
5. Place waxy side down onto the piece of fabric.
6. On medium heat, place clothing iron on top of freezer paper and iron sheet until the wax side of the paper melts through the fabric.
7. Let it cool ~~~~~
8. Turn the sheets over.
9. Place the inside of embroidery hoop under the sheets, then press the outer hoop to close and tighten the screw. Make sure you stretch the sheets until you get a flat surface.
10. Turn the embroidery hoop over so that the flat surface is touching is touching the desired surface that you want to work with (i.e. a sheet of paper), then place small dabs of paint around your stencil. Remember to only use enough paint to cover the open spaces. You may need less than you think.
11. Applying slight pressure, use your piece of cardboard to squeegee the paint around the open spaces.
12. Once you notice that the open spaces are covered in paint, lift the embroidery hoop straight up.
13. You can use the same hoop using same or different colors until stencil becomes distorted.
Some examples of the types of projects you can do with this technique:
This project provides a glimpse into Corita’s method of screen printing. A curriculum can be developed to teach about the process of the technique as well as adapted to teach about the historical meaning in Corita Kent’s art.