Alan Shust, CSS production manager and our wonderful tour guide, took us through their process.
This is a room-sized camera englarger used to create the films needed to burn the screen. Before digital printing became popular, this is how all films were created. CSS has two of these devices which can make films 4' x 6' and larger!
Stretching a giant aluminum screen! That little device is a "tense-ometer" so that they know that the screen is stretched properly.
The team at CSS coats their screens a little differently than we do at Lill St: because they are preparing screens that will be used to make thousands and thousands of prints, the screens need extra emulsion. It was fun to talk shop with the pros! Here, Fransisco is coating screens used to print styrofoam coffee cups!
The screens are then burns on this beautiful Vacuum UV light table! (Swoooon...)
Stretching wood screen must be SOO much easier with that pneumatic staple gun!
The basement... where silk screens go to be reborn!
All in all the tour was FASCINATING. Thanks so much for the employees of Chicago Silk Screen for being so hospitable and thanks again to Alan Shust for being such a fantastic tour guide! If you have any printing needs, we highly recommend these guys! (Check out more photos from the tour at my flickr!)