Monday, November 2, 2009

The Culture of the Copy

Research and choose a well-known art work (any era) or cultural icon (pop or not) to copy (reproduce) and modify as a two-sided T-shirt: (1) On the front of the shirt, make your copy as faithful to the original as possible, given the limitations of the printing method you choose. (2) For the back, design some kind of visual “intervention” or alteration that not only changes the image but also changes the meaning.

No words, no text to this one. Image only!

There are several ways of getting your design onto a shirt. One way is to cut a stencil and use spray paint or fabric paint and a stiff brush or foam roller. (Follow safety instructions for all materials and use spray paint in a well ventilated area.)

You can do it high-, low- or medium-tech. There are several websites (see blog post) that include instructions for turning photos into high contrast designs that can be printed or drawing onto freezer paper (waxy side can be ironed to the t-shirt for stenciling) or stiff cardboard or mylar. Many ways to do it.

You can also use one of the iron-on transfer print papers made for T-shirts. This method will allow you to get more elaborate with your design but you will need computer/printer access and some basic digital skills.

Most important is to consider the graphic impact of your image and it’s alteration. Given the nature of your "message," which visual style and effect will be the best carrier?

Work from photo/print sources you collect. Brainstorm to come up with more than one idea and choose the best.

Here's one site with instructions for spray paint stenciling on T-shirts and another and one more. Maybe this one is the clearest. Read all the tips about washing the shirt, ventilation, etc.

Here is a general site about iron-on transfers.

Bring your ideas and image sources to class on Wednesday, November 4.

Due: Monday, November 16

No comments:

Post a Comment