Remember that New Years’ resolution I mentioned last week? Well, here we are again. The weather feels about the same as it did in February when some friends and I took a screen printing class with Barrel Maker Printing here in Chicago. My friend, Ashley Mattys, introduced me to this glorious website, Dabble, which allows you to sample different classes, courses and activities and screen printing was our top pick.
So, February rolled around and off to Barrel we went! The class was about two hours of learning about the history of screen printing, seeing the process step-by-step and then of course, creating our own shirts and tote bags to take home. By the end of the course, our group was changing screens and scraping ink like regular pros. (Photographic evidence, below).
I had a blast and found it fascinating to learn about the process of creating the screens themselves. A sense of nostalgia washed over me as I reminisced to the days spent in a dark room with developing 35mm film (Insert longing, day dreaming look here). Plus, we headed home with some pretty sweet gear! I now have a blue shirt complete with a sketch of a grizzly bear, proudly bear-ing (*groan*) a large “Chicago” above its head, a tote with the same design, and another shirt with a perfect Chicago skyline being hugged by an octopus (naturally).
On to March’s activity! This one required helmets, bug spray and a singular glove. Any guesses?
To Do: Check out the rest of the space, products and abilities of Barrel Maker. They’ve got lots of projects happening and it was neat to take a walk around and see all of the moving parts.
To Avoid: Don’t forget to send in your shirt sizes ahead of time so they have your size available – keep in mind you get multiple so you can give one as a gift (assuming you correctly guessed their shirt size!).
Price: $35 through Dabble
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