Today we’re going to take a trip to India, and you don’t need to fight over all of your vintage Louis Vuitton luggage with your siblings ala The Darjeerling Limited beforehand. Designer Thomas Paul is taking us through the steps of how his dynamic prints come to life through the ancient art of silkscreening. I have many Thomas Paul items around my house, including a version of this amazing octopus shower curtain, and as I type, my elbow is resting upon a Thomas Paul Zebra pillow. After seeing exactly what goes into creating his pieces, I am even more of a fan. I hope you enjoy this virtual field trip, and thanks to Thomas for taking us on it!
The final product: The Octopus Vineyard Shower Curtain. This shower curtain requires a four color process.
1) The design is printed on vellum.
2) The screens are shot, one screen per color, and then washed to reveal the design.
3) The screens are dried.
4) Swatches are chosen.
6) The fabric is laid out smooth for printing.
7) The screens are inked.
8) The screens are cleaned.
9) Ink is pulled through the design onto the fabric
10) The process is repeated along the length of the fabric, one screen per color.
Thanks so much to Thomas Paul for providing us with the art and process. If you’d like to see more of his designs, browse all Thomas Paul here.