Screen printing is the process of transferring ink onto paper or fabric using stencils, a skill that Laxmi has mastered during her years working with a printing unit in Bengaluru. Beginning her career as a trainee, she now heads the unit’s screen printing vertical, using the technique to make a variety of products including wedding cards, business cards, personalised T-shirts and bags.
The unit’s managers taught Laxmi everything there is to know about screen printing. “My training at the printing unit has been very satisfactory and my managers are always supportive if I get stuck,” she said.
Laxmi outlined her process:
“The key to perfect printing is to give the table a rough framework for the placement of the stencil and to make sure the paper or screen does not move while printing,” Laxmi added.
She has also explored screen printing on different materials such as wood and recycled paper. While attempting to print on wood, Laxmi noticed that the ink would keep escaping from the sides. By trial and error, she realised that a different type of ink would have to be used for wood. It is through such experiences that Laxmi has developed an in-depth understanding of the various nuances of screen printing. Today, she allows her curiosity to lead her on, exploring different mediums and building a repository of personal knowledge in the process.