Miyagi - Jonny Mowat
Screen printing is one of the most accessible and widely used analogue printing processes in the world, yet still many people haven’t done it since school, with more having never done it at all. This is because the current screen preparation process demands time, space and money that most prospective printmakers cannot afford. Consequently, people have to either hire studio space, or study at an art school to have suitable access to screen printing.
Miyagi is specifically designed to accommodate an innovative process that allows users to create screens quickly, cheaply and easily using only melted wax and heat. The user can coat any standard screen frame with molten wax contained in the tray component. Once the wax has solidified, the user can use the heat pen to etch away the image they wish to print, and then use the screen like any other screen printing stencil. Once the excess ink is rinsed off the screen, the user can repeat the process all over again, reclaming the screen with ease.
Studying this course gave me an opportunity to also explore areas of design that aren’t strictly product orientated, and cast my net wide in terms of finding out what area of design I liked most. I quickly discovered that the graphical aspects of each project was really satisfying, and committed to learning as much as I could in the areas of graphic design, illustration & animation whilst studying PDE. Focussing on printing for my final year project was a nice merge of both 3D & 2D worlds.
Miyagi - Video Prototype
Source – https://vimeo.com/220971628