Lisa: How did you learn to become a printmaker?
Divya: While studying for my B.A in Painting I also studied Serigraphy (screen printing) as a minor. This sparked my passion for the subject which I continued to pursue through my first Masters in Drawing ’07 and finally completing my education by focusing entirely on screenprinting in my second Masters in Printmaking ’09.
Lisa: How do you go about designing a print/pattern?
Divya: As screen printing involves following a series of steps and techniques it can become very repetitive and process-driven. While I like working within this framework I always try to make room for errors. Mistakes often lead to highly imaginative occurrences. As artists we wait for these moments to occur as they open up new ways of thinking. For this reason my work is a mixture of planned reproduced imagery such as photographs, digital images, drawings alongside unpredictable methods like mono-printing and handmade stencils.
Lisa: What are you working on at the moment?
Divya: I like to challenge myself to create images that test not only my skill as print-maker but my creative thinking as an artist. At the moment I am working on the subject of ornate boxes. This screen print requires 15-20 layers of colour and lots of micro-registration.
Lisa: What are the 3 most important things to remember when learning silk screen printing?
Divya: Be patient and allow for the unexpected.
Lisa: What courses do you run?
Divya: I teach beginner & intermediate level courses to students and artists from varying creative backgrounds.
Lisa: What can students expect to learn on one of your courses?
Divya: It depends on the course and their individual project but in most cases they will learn an array of techniques and methods on how to create, print and edition a screen print. There are several stages which lead to making a screen print – drawing, exposing a stencil, registration to name a few. Each stage comes with its own set of methodology and problem solving techniques. My courses are designed to be fun and organic with a strong focus on learning technique and best practices. I believe a good balance between well-honed craftsmanship and creative thinking makes for a good printmaker.
Lisa: What are the 2014 dates for your courses?
Divya: We offer course and workshops throughout the year – please visit our site for further information www.kumbhprints.co.uk. Sessions are one-on-one unless a group session is requested.
Lisa: Who are your favourite printmakers?
Divya: I have always been fond of Robert Rauschenberg for his layered images and intertwining narratives. Another of my favorites would be Roy Lichtenstein. Though not strictly a screen printer. I have always found his work to be very evocative of screen printing. I admire his dark sense of humor and use of pop culture imagery.
Lisa: What are the best and worst things about life as a printmaker?
Divya: I don’t believe in absolutes for in printmaking one often finds wonderful things in frustrating errors. It is a misnomer to think that creating a print is not a labour of love. Often after hours of hard work simple errors can cost you everything. While these can be particularly frustrating moments they often teach you to something new and make you a better screen printer. The practice itself is often the most rewarding aspect of being a printmaker.
Lisa: Where can we find more information about your work and your courses?
Please visit : www.kumbhprints.co.uk
or email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org