Next up as part of the Prints & Inks artist profile is Toronto-based designer and screenprinter Sandi Falconer (aka Deadweight). Her prints reflect slightly askew hand drawn text, tired eyes, scrappy patterns, witches, objects of perceived luck or fortune, triangles, textured paper, wish bones, and the moon. She’s done work for the likes of The Walrus, Wavelength, The Images Festival, City Of Craft, The Hype Machine, and more. She plays music in The Guest Bedroom and collaborates on a line of screen printed leather goods called Falconwright. Did we mention she’s also a full time office worker and loves avocados?
Here’s what she had to say:
1. Tell me a little bit about your creative/art background. Also, what got you interested in silkscreening?
I got interested in screen printing at a time when a handful of people were doing really great screen printed posters in Toronto. I was totally dazzled by the bright colours, and I really wanted to get in on that (and be able to make my band t-shirts). My art background is mostly music related (school wise), and I’m a self taught hack when it comes to illustration and screen printing, but I love doing it and hope to continue expanding my knowledge/skills by moving forward and making stuff.
2. Describe the items/designs you’ve submitted to the Prints & Inks Show. Where did the inspiration for the print/design come from?
I’m a big fan of space. And coffee. But I probably wouldn’t enjoy space coffee!
3. What is your creative process? Where do you derive your imagery from – found objects? Your original drawings? Appropriated images?
My imagery is inspired by all kinds of things, but over the years it’s become a bit more focused on the themes I tend to enjoy. All my work is now illustrated/hand lettered by myself and screen printed in my home, though I have recently been experimenting with some digital printing (for shame!).
4. How are you influenced by other artists, specifically, other silkscreeners/printers? Who are you inspired by and how is this translated into your own work.
Whenever I see a screen print that blows me away, I love trying to solve it like a math problem. That kind of wonder/interest is a really appealing feeling! I love seeing a colour combo blow my socks off. And I love being inspired by others to become a better printer, a better illustrator, just plain better.
5. Is there a collaborative aspect to your work? Do you work with other artists/collectives? If so, what is the place of collaboration in your practice? Do you see silk screening as being particularly suited to collaboration?
Most of my screen printing work is done solo, though I am collaborating with a friend on a line of leather goods called Falconwright. I design and screen print the patterns and my friend Danielle does the product development and sewing. I think screen printing is great for a skills sharing kind of collab. Certainly! I’ve never collabed with another printer on a print before, but it is something that is definitely appealing to me. Maybe this is the year!
6. What’s next for you in terms of creative projects?
More Falconwright stuff, putting together my bands latest release, and working on some larger format screen prints. Plus making more time for drawing in general!
7. Anything else we should know about?
I love avocados, but I used to think they looked disgusting. Things change and that’s good!
Thanks Sandi! For more of her prints and products check out her website.