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Recognized as a leader in print, silkscreening and graphic art in Ottawa and beyond, Spins & Needles hosts introductory and intermediate graphic art classes and silkscreening workshops and specializes in small series print runs for artists.  We also host customized group workshops as well as live silkscreening at events with our mobile print studio.

Our curated graphic art and illustration show, Prints & Inks, highlights work from graphic artists, illustrators and designers from Canada and internationally. Check out our 2012 show, 2014 show and 2015 show. We also host multiple graphic art shows in our art and music space, Possible Worlds.

SILKSCREENING WORKSHOPS

Considered the go-to source for silkscreening (aka screenprinting) in Ottawa, participants have learned the process and possibilities of silkscreening in our Silkscreening 101 introductory workshop  as well as more advanced techniques in our Silkscreening 201 introductory x intermediate workshop since 2006, as part of our creative studio Spins & Needles.

Alumni have created handmade gifts, printed merchandise for their own independent businesses or bands, gone on to start their own businesses based on silkscreened products, have their work featured in art shows, or silkscreen for fun. No prior experience is needed. Spaces are limited per workshop (up to 4 participants) to ensure you personally get the technique right.

We also supply selected materials such as mesh, squeegees, blank screens (wooden frames) and exposed screens with images of your choice, and from time to time, access to our micro studio for those who have taken the workshop. We also offer silkscreening workshop gift certificates that the recipient can redeem at any of our future workshops.

Spins & Needles Silkscreening 101

SILKSCREENING 101 : INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

 *Please register at least 5 days before your workshop start date to ensure you have enough time in advance to prepare.

LENGTH: 4 hours
DATES: Tuesdays or Thursday evenings from 6:30-10:30 PM
COST: $139 (all materials included; to print on fabric, please bring these items with you)
LOCATION: Possible Worlds (708G Somerset St. W., Chinatown, Ottawa)

WHAT YOU'LL TAKE AWAY
> Knowledge to build your own screen
> Basics of designing art for screens: one-colour
> Differences in inks, printing substrates, screen mesh and film work
> Printing techniques
> Small art prints or prints on fabric items you've brought with you
> How to set up a print area at home or your own studio
> Checklist of materials and where to buy them 

SILKSCREENING STARTER SET: : To encourage you to keep printing, take your screen with your own selected image (designed in advance of the workshop) OR a blank screen for an additional $25 and/or a professional grade squeegee for $15.

Click below on PURCHASE for more details and the next available workshop dates. Payment must be made in advance of the workshop and is non-refundable (please read our terms of service).

Spins & Needles Silkscreening 201 Workshop

SILKSCREENING 201 : INTRODUCTORY X INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

 *Please register at least 5 days before your workshop start date to ensure you have enough time in advance to prepare.

LENGTH: 2 sessions, 4 hours each
DATES: Tuesdays or Thursday evenings from 6:30-10:30 PM
COST: $259 (all materials included; to print on fabric, please bring these items with you)
LOCATION: Possible Worlds (708G Somerset St. W., Chinatown, Ottawa) 

WHAT YOU'LL TAKE AWAY
> Knowledge to build your own screen
> Basics of designing art for screens: one-colour and multiple-colour prints
> Registration of multiple colours
> Building your own registration base
> Differences in inks, printing substrates, screen mesh and film work
> Colour mixing
> Reusing your screens
> Printing techniques
> More time to experiment with printing
> Small art prints or prints on fabric items you've brought with you
> How to set up a print area at home or a studio
> Checklist of materials and where to buy them

SILKSCREENING STARTER SET: To encourage you to keep printing, take your screen with your own selected image (designed in advance of the workshop) OR a blank screen for an additional $25 and/or a professional grade squeegee for $15.

Click below on PURCHASE for more details and the next available workshop dates. Payment must be made in advance of the workshop and is non-refundable (please read our terms of service).

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: Facilitated by artist-educator-art director Melanie Yugo of Spins & Needles and Possible Worlds (melanieyugo.com), recognized for her expertise in silkscreening and print education. Melanie has led classes and workshops on silkscreening and other graphic arts for over 10 years at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Art Gallery, Algonquin College, and numerous high schools (e.g. Ashbury College, Cantebury High School) in Ottawa, as well as for arts and cultural festivals and institutions in the U.S., U.K. and Europe.

SILKSCREENING STARTER SET: To encourage you to keep printing after the workshop, take your screen with your own image (designed in advance of the workshop) or blank screen for an additional $25 or a professional grade squeegee for $15 (taxes are additional).

CONFIRMATION E-MAILS
After we receive payment, you will receive an e-mail confirming your purchase and therefore your registration.

Be sure to look out for a second e-mail from us, approximately 5-10 days before the workshop, reminding you about the upcoming workshop as well as important workshop preparation information (make sure to check your spam/junk folder). If you do not receive this second e-mail, don't hesitate to e-mail us indicating so.

TERMS OF SERVICE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Spots are non-refundable. By purchasing a spot or having someone purchase a spot for you, you also agree to our terms of service and cancellation policy.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
If you’re looking for a unique gift, give the gift of a new creative skill and a spot in a Silkscreening 101 or 201 workshop. Gift certificates are available and can be purchased in-shop or online.

GROUP BOOKINGS
We can accommodate group workshops of over 4 participants. We also host group taster sessions, ideal for school curricula, cultural institutions, staff retreats or parties, as well as special event and conference programming. E-mail us at info@possibleworldsshop.com to inquire about bookings and rates.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at info@possibleworldsshop.com or 613-791-1152.

SILKSCREENING MICRO STUDIO*

*Please note our micro studio is currently not available at the moment for rentals.

Our micro silkscreening studio is occasionally available for use for silkscreening workshop alumni and other experienced silkscreeners.

Housed in our physical outpost, Possible Worlds, our micro silkscreening studio features the ability to silkscreen on paper or fabric using stencil or photo techniques. We can also make screens for a project you are working on outside of the studio.

Contact us for more info or to see if the studio is available.

MOBILE PRINT STUDIO


Want a more customized silkscreening experience? With our special portable equipment, we organize workshops and live screen printing events that can adapt to any space. We host activities from parties to team-building exercises to classroom sessions to live printing at museums, galleries and festivals. Get in touch with us and we can develop a workshop based on what you'd like to learn. We provide instruction and all the materials necessary.

Interested in having us host a workshop outside Ottawa? Contact us

GIFT CERTIFICATES

If you're looking for a unique gift for that person who has everything, or a past participant eager to get your friends and family in on it, give the gift of a new creative skill and a spot in a Silkscreening 101 workshop.

We'll send you a gift certificate via e-mail that the recipient can redeem at any of our future workshops. (Please note that the same terms of service apply).

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SILKSCREENING MATERIALS AND SERVICES PRICES

Need more screens or materials to get started on that silkscreening project you’ve been thinking about?

Spins & Needles can provide these for you with a quick turnaround time (approximately 3-5 days) so you can get printing right away,

Materials and services are for image areas that measure 8”x 10”, ideal for printing on t-shirts and smaller posters.

Send us an image and we will create a new screen ready for you to print. Or pick up a new blank screen to make sure you’re ready for when inspiration strikes. 

We also provide silkscreening mesh (110 or 156 count, depending on availability) for past Silkscreening 101 and 201 workshop participants, artists, designers and other creatives to re-purpose your screens. Please note we do not provide mesh to commercial presses).

Image Size (maximum)= 8” x 10”
Screen Size = 14” x 16”

Taxes are additional to prices below.

Complete pre-made new screen with image burn (wood frame)  $62
Pre-made new screen (wood frame, no exposed image) $30
Image exposed onto pre-made new screen $30
Film (image printed onto 8.5 x 14" transparency) $10
Replacement silkscreen mesh (110 count) (per yard)

Replacement silkscreen mesh (156/160 count) (per yard)

$30

$35

PRINT SERVICES

We specialize in small series print runs for artists, designers, and studios, either through silkscreening or our Risograph machine.

Interested in having us print for you? Contact us.

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