I recently collaborated with my studio-mate Barbara from ABC Silk (a silkscreen printing shop in which you can turn your ideas into reality) to turn my fashion illustrations into screen printed art. The project turned out to be one of the most personal projects I’ve ever created.
It all started when I first moved into my new studio at MADE. My studio is joined by the hip to Barbara’s and we instantly knew that we had a ton of projects to make happen together. I used to create screen printed items back in the day when I owned an independent clothing label in Argentina, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get back in touch with this fascinating media.
We brainstormed so many ideas together, and thought that a limited edition series of screen printed art posters of my illustrations would be a great starting point. I started my creative process searching within me what I wanted to pour into those luscious papers. I decided that I wanted to embrace my surroundings and my recent past. (moving to Miami, FL aka “the jungle” two years ago). The pencil started flowing and the lines became charged with personal references.
This creative venture was very intense, and Barbara and I worked side by side making sure that every detail represented my own vision. It was quite challenging for me since I usually have 100% control over my illustrations, but Barbara is awesome to work with and made the process super smooth for me. She edited the files for me to turn them into screens, and she hand-pulled every one of the five layers that compose the print.
We mixed every color together. The color story includes a layer of neon pink (probably my favorite color!) and another one that glows in the dark.
Jungle Pop decoded
The overall look of the print is pop. I loved incorporating the dots in the background (that was actually Barbara’s suggestion) for that reason. I love Pop art (and culture) profoundly.
The character has pink strands of hair, a camo skirt and some sneakers I own. (quite self-referential!) Her lunchbox has a plane in it, symbolizing my past as a flight attendant.
The glow-in-the-dark layer stands for Miami’s neon lights in the Art Deco district. The monstera and banana leaves are so Miami (and so in fashion at the same time!) The background represents a sunset because of all the beautiful sunsets I see from my home. The Japanese characters read “janguru” (jungle) and they represent the strong Japanese influence I’m always under.
”Jungle Pop” is a limited edition of 23 prints, signed and numbered. They are deckled-edged and measure 11″x14″ (28cmx35cm). They were created using water-based inks (without solvents) on 180 gsm acid free paper. They are signed and numbered by me, and they have a dry seal of authenticity by ABC Silk on the right bottom corner. The prints are avialble on my online shop here.
To end this very personal chapter of my art portfolio, I also created a “Jungle Pop” coloring page, so that everyone can write their own color story in it. It’s available for purchase here as a printable.
Hope you enjoyed this post! See you soon. xo,