oh goodness. this is a little apron. specifically, a half apron in white. nothing about it is all that practical except I’m dancing in the kitchen wearing this one, it’s the ultimate in selfish sewing. doesn’t it look so pretty next to our abundant cherry tomatoes from the garden?
the reason this apron gives me excited bubbles in my stomach is because I did the screen printing on it! yup. designed those little spoons and wrote the word and transferred it to the most amazing photo emulsion sheet, PhotoEZ. I read about this screen printing technique a while back in the amazing book Bend the Rules with Fabric by Amy Karol but I kind of forgot about it. I’m so glad I started re-reading it after my resurgent interest in hand-printing. PhotoEZ is an amazing thing. so much easier to use than regular screen printing photo emulsion process, which is trickier and easier to mess up. Not that any screen printing is easy but PhotoEZ really simplifies the process. I tried it the conventional way and it was a disaster (there were tears when none of my photo emulsion stayed on the screen).
as you can see, there is a danger of making a complete mess with PhotoEZ, you gotta be pretty careful. it’s not perfect but I’m still mad crazy about it. (by the way, we will be doing this in my hand-printing series class and there are still 3 spots available!)
this little apron is for me. the fabric is a sturdy white canvas, I feel like a professional cook wearing it. I made one for me and then I made more.
I’ll be bringing half a dozen or so of these with me tomorrow to my town’s Arts in the Park craft fair. I think paired with a bottle of wine, one of these aprons would be the perfect, indulgent gift for a cook. as I went along, the printing got more and more fun so I made another screen print with a friendly cupcake.
I also screenprinted a few tea towels and wrapped them up nice and pretty. they will be out with everything tomorrow as well.
wish me luck tomorrow. and, if you are local please do come and say hi. it’s always difficult for me to decide whether or not to participate in craft fairs. so much time and care goes into making things and often it’s hard to sell them at a price that really reflects all that work. at the same time, it’s a great privilege to be out and a part of a great community event. I think art fairs are good for artists and the visibility of artists and for building a community supportive of that. it just that this isn’t always reflected in the ledger, you know what I mean? thing is all of that support and community building might be more important than what is in the ledger, at the end of the day. this is basically the conversation I have with myself every time I consider entering a craft fair. welcome to my brain functioning. you are very welcome.
p.s. I’m so pleased with all the attention this apron is getting! I’m so glad you like it as much as I do, internet. I really hope it inspires you to make your own designs and screen print gifts for others or yourself! That said, these images are my own design and belong to me, please don’t steal them. Thanks.