Relax, Recharge, Retreat!

Earlier this week, we set aside a few hours for a staff retreat.  Though one goal was to discuss work-related topics, we also wanted to get outside of the Museum and spend time doing something different. 

Luckily, our retreat coincided perfectly with the opening of Oil and Cotton.  Business and creative partners Shannon Driscoll and Kayli House graciously opened their doors to us, despite the fact that they had just moved into their new space days before.  During the first half of our retreat, Shannon and Kayli helped us personalize small books by screenprinting the cover with designs of our choice.

Some of us brought designs to use for their covers, while others drew their cover designs.  First, we traced our designs onto a piece of mesh fabric held taut by an embroidery loop.  Next, we painted all areas of our design that we did not want to print with regular school glue.  The glue was mixed with blue paint so we could see which areas had been covered. Last, we used a small piece of matboard to push acrylic paint through the areas of fabric not coated with glue.

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Melissa Nelson
Manager of Teaching in the Community 

5 Responses to “Relax, Recharge, Retreat!”

  1. 1 Michael Roman August 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    It looks like the Dallas Museum of Art educators had a good time doing a little screen printing. I just learned screen printing at We Are 1976’s workshop. I like your images that show the use of embroidery holders and silk mesh. This looks like an interesting small scale way to print. Cheers.

    Check out our screen printing workshop review and let us know what you think.

  2. 2 Jean Muller September 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    The new blogs are great! Reading about my former home away from home makes me nostalgic and homesick for the DMA and everyone there.
    I love the pictures with staff in them–Molly, Melissa, Nicole, all of you!

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