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A History of Screen Printing-How an art evolved into an industry

$95.00 - On Sale

After 15 years of research, the first book to track the hidden history of the 4th printing technique is now available for purchase at a special price. Profusely illustrated with rare photos, print samples and historical documents, what really brings the story to life are the personal memoirs of the pioneers of the process. Shared by descendants of the artists, printers and designers who created graphic screenprinting, they are interwoven with the historical narrative, linking the development of the process in different locations around the world.

The story of the emergence and then explosion in growth and applications of the 'silk screen process' through the first half of the century is a classic example of transformational technology - still in use today. It makes everything from fine art prints and t-shirts to the iphone and ipad, solar cells to medical devices fighting COVID, diabetes, and other health issues. It started out decorating travel pennants and signs. It blossomed in World War II leading to the production of printed circuits and the electronic world of today.

Author Guido Lengwiler covers the stencil precursers leading up to the end of the 19th century, and then profiles the many American companies and individual artists, printers, sign companies, inventors and manufacturers who first started using the new process. The book follows the rapid spread around the world pre-WWII, and covers specialized areas where screenprinting flourished, creating or transforming whole manufacturing sectors - printed electronics, serigraphy, glass & ceramic decoration, textile printing.

Hard cover, 490 pages, full colour, lavishly illustrated, limited run, fully annotated, with an introduction by noted art historian Richard Field of Yale. Published in English 2013.

The German edition of this sold out, and the English language version has a limited number left.
We invite inquiries from book resellers.

Regular Price: $110
Special Price US$95 plus shipping

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