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Title: HIDE AND SEEK

Credits: Celine Marcq

Year of Invention: 2017

Description:
HIDE AND SEEK is the continuation of a project started two year ago which explores the potential of reactive inks to create dynamic prints for responsive and communicating surfaces. This sample is a interactive tool attempting to gather important material finding I had during my research. The result is a collection of dynamic prints made with different techniques (Screen printing, paper marbling) which, alone or on top of each other, let you play with natural (or artificial) light to create different optical effects. Indeed, the use of reactive inks (thermochromics and UV reactive) gives a life to surfaces which can change appearance with sunlight, temperature or just by moving it and reorganizing the different layers.

 

Materials :

Thermo adhesive Non woven (vlieseline from you local fabric store)

Black construction paper (paper from your local paper store)

Smart film from mindsetonline

Transparent PVC film (from your local paper store)

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black Thermochromic inks from SFXC

Cyan, Magenta and Yellow UV reactive inks from SFXC

Transparent nail Polish (from your local beauty store)

 

Techniques:

“Unicorn marbling” paper : http://www.sciencekiddo.com/rainbow-paper-kid-color-science/

Screen Printing : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wogKeYH2wEE

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References/Inspirations :

Transitional liquid crystal fabric, By Sara Robertson (2013)

Thermochromic heated Lozenge, By Lynser Calder (2013)

Thermochromic Silicone Fabric, By Katarina Vones and sara Robertson (2013)

Changing Pattern, by Aniela Hoitnik (2014)

Chromic Colour Wheel, By Sara Roberston (2015)

Nuance of diffusion, Becca Rose (2016)

 

Dimensions (in cm):
11cm*7,5cm

 

Diagram :

Hide & Seek Diagram

 

Step by Step instructions :

1- GENERAL MATERIAL YOU WILL NEED FOR MAKING

MATERIAL FOR SCREEN PRINTING :

If you follow the ‘rules’ , screen printing can be an expensive technique which use a lot of working space. No panic though, it exists a lot of cheapest alternative you can easily master at home!
A book I just discovered two help you : http://screenprintingonthecheap.com/

– Screen
you can buy some from your local craft shop (example here : http://www.serigraphie-boutique.fr/T issus-et-cadres) or you can also make one with wood and fabric (see explanation here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcuTX770Z0g)

– Squeegees
you can buy screen printing squeegees here OR also used other cheapest material like a window wiper (like this one  : http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6208813) however the pressure of these is not extremely good, don’t use it if you have a very precise or fine image to print.

Gloves

Wooden flat sticks

– Table with hinges to hold your screen in place on the table.

Exposure unit
these are quite expensive and can’t generally fit most small places or workshops, you can get information on how to DIY make one here  from  table ; or how to used the sunlight to expose your screen here  you can also use adhesive to transfer your image onto a screen : see explanation here

– A place with an access to water where you can clean and dry your screen after use
There is special tools used in screen printing workshop fro that but your shower or bathtub can work fine! (once you are using water based ink product and clean it properly after use :) )
Be careful when you want to use a heater to dry screen, don’t put the screen mesh directly in front of the heater otherwise it will melt!

MATERIAL FOR PREPARING SWATCHES :

– cutting mat
– cutter
– pin Holes
– spray glue
– scissors
– an iron
– brads (in French it is called ‘Parisian ties’ :) )

 

2- INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCREEN PRINTING ON TRANSPARENT FILM

MATERIAL NEEDED
PVC plastic films
– Screen printing ink for CMYK process : colour blue and Yellow from A.BUSINE
– Screeen printing thermochromic black ink from SFXC. // Purple Magenta Thermochromic ink from SFXC

screen printing technique : tutorial here
3- INSTRUCTIONS FOR SMART FILM+SCREEN PRINTING

MATERIAL NEEDED
– Thermo adhesive Non woven
– UV sensitive inks orange (from Mindset Online) and blue (from SFXC)
–  Smart film from (from Mindset Online)

A- Cut one piece of smart film and one piece of non woven approx. 11cm / 7.5cm
B-Fuse the smart film with the thermo adhesive non woven using an Iron. Iron must be at the maximum temperature BUT be careful to protect both side of you swatch with baking paper.

screen printing technique : tutorial here

 

4- STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR UNICORN PAPER

A- Cut a piece of black construction paper (approx. 11cm/7.5cm)

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B- Fill a basin with clear water (approx. 3cm high)

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C-Put the paper horizontally and fully into the water.

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D- Pour the clear nail polish on top of the paper swatch.

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E- Once a round of nail polish has formed on the surface of the water, take of your swatch quickly out, maintaining its horizontal position.

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F- Make it dry on a non adhesive surface. (Aluminium foil is quite good :) )

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E- The iridescent pattern appears once drying.

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5- PUTTING ALL SWATCHES TOGETHER

A- Gather 8 swatches in correct order (see diagram below)

Hide & Seek Diagram

 

B- Put all swatches in the pin hole from the top left corner. Make sure swatches are aligned properly.

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c- Pull down the pin hole firmly to make sure it goes all the way through the 8 swatches.

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d-When the hole is made, choose a brad and bring them together with it.

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e- Cut the extremity of the brad.

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f – Your done!

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