In the course Advanced Lab Screen Printing, technological questions are usually married with ambitious motifs in combination with an artistic point of view.
The topic of this semester’s lab was effect inks. Mainly we used OVMI (optically variable magnetic inks), but also other effect pigments. The pigments were suspended in UV-curing varnish. Applying a magnetic field to the unhardened UV ink lets the pigments orient in a way that, depending of the viewing angle, different colours can be observed or pearlescent effects appear. Motifs were cute or colourful animals (turtle, penguin, squid, jelly fish) printed on postcards. For the presentation at the Medianight the above motifs were printed on tote bags and shirts. In addition the turtle motif was 3D-printed and really made to fly.