Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection

What is serigraphy?

In serigraphy, also known as screen printing, an artist applies an image to a fine-mesh screen tightly stretched across a wooden frame. The screens are most commonly made from silk, though can be cotton, nylon, or metal mesh. Non-image areas are painted with glue, gum arabic or shellac to block holes in the mesh. Alternatively, the artist can attach a stencil to the underside of the frame. The frame is then laid directly on top of a sheet of paper. Ink is forced through the open areas of the screen with a squeegee and transferred to the paper below. A separate screen is prepared for each color desired.