Sir Peter Blake

Silkscreen printing or 'serigraphy', as it is known in some circles, originated in China and found its way to the West in the 15th Century. It is a stencil process based on the porosity of traditionally silk which allows ink to pass through the areas which are not 'stopped' with glue or varnish. One or more layers of ink are applied with a squegee, each one covering the open areas of succeding screens until the final composite image is achieved. Some of the most complex screenprints can take up to 60 screens.