Gemma first discovered screen printing during her time earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at university–it was love at first sight! Trapped by the art form’s versatility, Gemma experimented on many surfaces and with a range of graphic styles during her time as a student and after college, she then decided to continue her training at the Printer’s Guild. Gemma spent several years as a screen printing operator, but missed the artistic elements and process she enjoyed in her own work. As a result, Gemma started her own shop, “Monostereo” in 2008. This artists’ collective provides workshops and demonstrations at several schools, social centers and various organizations, along with commissioning works of the finest quality art prints, gig posters, LP/book covers, and limited editions on fabric, wood, etc. Alongside Eledu (@eleduworks), Gemma’s “Monostereo” is a proud member of API (American Poster Institute) and design and hand-print a broad spectrum of their own gig posters, graphic works and promotes the gig poster culture all over Europe.
I feel blessed that I've been able during all these years to know and work with many great artists, travel to many countries and get involved in amazing projects. I find reward on every edition I print; although the artwork/creativity is not mine, is a great feeling helping someone to get the best result of their idea.
Never thought when I started screen printing it would give me so much. Today, more than ever, print or die!
- Screen Printing
I love printing with Speedball Acrylic Screen Printing Inks. We mainly use just them for all our fine paper editions and artists commissions, and for our workshops and demos as well.
They print really great detail without drying very quickly, and the colors are really vibrant. Personally, I love the Medium Red and Yellow, and of course the Silver and Gold! Never saw a water-based ink shine that much. Special mention to new [Speedball Acrylic Screen Printing] Poster Black as well--love its opacity and definitely is less chalky than many other water-based blacks I've tried before.
We also use a lot of the Speedball Screen Filler & Drawing Fluid. They are the perfect ways to show the process when you don´t have access to any exposing unit.