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Silk Screen

Screen-printing is the most painterly of the printing techniques. It allows the use of layer upon layer of color, exploiting line and mass in bold ways. The inks can be printed as rich impastos or thin transparent glazes. The result is a print that is both vivid in hue and displays a rich tactile surface.


Screen-printing as we know it today evolved from stencil printing, one of the oldest of all printing methods. Early Japanese and Chinese hand cut stencils were so complex that they were held together with small silk threads. Eventually the stencil pieces were adhered to an open weave silk fabric stretched over an open frame. Ink was forced through the screen to create the print.

In the Orient, stencil printing was used to make both fine art prints as well as craft items. Fabrics, robes, scriptures and various decorative goods were made using this method. In Europe, craftsmen adopted the stenciling technique for mostly utilitarian purposes.

Stencils were used to add color to playing cards and religious pictures printed with wood blocks. By the 17th century the technique was being used to print ornate wallpapers. By the late 18th century stencil printing had made its way to the New World. Homes in New England were filled with stenciled papers, textiles and furnishings.

It was not until the 1930’s that screen-printing started to be used as an artistic medium in the United States. Under the Work Projects Administration, a group of artists in New York City explored the creative possibilities of the medium for painters and printmakers. It was at that time that an art historian coined the term serigraph. “Seri” is from the Latin word for silk, and “graph” from the Greek word graphos, to draw or write.

Today, screen-printing can be as simple as those early, hand-done techniques or use sophisticated photographic methods and the latest digital technology to produce highly complex fine art images.


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MFA Atelier

Fine Art, Specialty Media & Giclee Printing Company

What started out in 1984 as a small print studio in Gardena, California, has grown into an 38,000 square foot building in the heart of the South Bay of Los Angeles. We have become one of the largest specialty printing houses in the country specializing in fine art reproductions (giclee printing) and other high-end reproductions.

Twenty-seven years later, we are one of the oldest established serigraph studios in the country, producing the finest quality limited editions for artists and publishing houses from all over the United States. Additionally, MFA has quietly added extensive digital printing technology and is now one of the largest giclée printing houses in the country with unmatched capabilities.

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