Yesterday I had a day of ups and downs. I had a screen ready to expose, and a class to attend. It all looked very easy. But when I exposed the design on the screen, it was a murky exposure and when I washed the unexposed residue from the screen, I had to use high pressure water, which damaged the rest of it. Designs need to be really black to make a good exposure, and this one was not black enough when held up to the light (it had looked ok when on the table). So back to the drawing board - clean the screen, and leave to dry, so I can come in on Good Friday, to re-emulse the screen. What a waste of time!. Just shows that I need to keep practising, because otherwise I forget little bits of technique that give good results first time!
Then I had a really interesting History of Art class about the male gaze in film making which gave me a lot to think about, that had not occurred to me before. (I am not a film fan, so I had not seen any of the films discussed). I rushed home from class, thinking about my History of Art essay, where I need to decide on my subject, and start the background reading. The rushing was a mistake. When I got home, I realised I had left my glasses behind. At the last class before Easter break! If I could not get them back, I could not read over Easter. Big problem. And if they are really lost, new glasses would cost a fortune. And realising just how little script I can see, without my glasses, made me feel really old! Old and grumpy. Not a good way to start Easter!
So this morning, Good Friday, I jumped on the bike (no buses to Curtin on bank holidays), and pedalled up there, like a thing possessed. My student card allows auto-entry to my textile block, but not to the lecture theatre. Fortunately a very helpful man in Security came down with a key, and opened the door, and there were my glasses, waiting for me. I was so appreciative to the Security man for being at work on the Bank Holiday and for opening the room for me!
While I was at class, I re-emulsed my silkscreen, very, very carefully. I got a lovely thin, even coating, and left it in the dark room to dry. I went home and redrew the design, this time working on a good dark photocopy, and also blacked in the design on the reverse, so that when held to a light window, it looked evenly black all over. This time the design should expose perfectly. Once I've exposed the screen again, I'll let you know how it went. I always work better when I'm not in a rush.