Processing to Print

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Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of participating in a unique all-day workshop called Processing to Print. The day started out at Assemble in Pittsburgh where Val covered basic orientation for Processing, an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. I heard of Processing years ago and the images I have seen generated by it definitely appeal to my aesthetic of controlled chaos.


We manipulated a few samples and then created pdf outputs to be able to screen print a two color image on paper. There wasn’t much time to come up with images since we were submitting them  before lunch to Dan at Commonwealth Press so he could print films and expose screens. I played around with randomizing circles of different sizes and ended up with something I liked. The printing process was a blast! I haven’t been able to do subtle, experimental silkscreen in a while. I missed it!

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I like how the image sort of references blood cells

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The second color is gloss acrylic, which reflects light at certain angles

Commonwealth Press Warehouse

Here is a snippet of the Commonwealth Press Warehouse set up


About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit for more information.
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