Screen printing is a well-known printing technique that uses a fabric as a matrix to transfer ink to a wide variety of substrates, such as paper, wood, fabric, glass, but much more.
The technique, known since ancient times in the Far East to decorate fabrics, became extremely popular in the artistic sphere in the 1960s. Andy Warhol, in particular, contributed decisively to his popularity: many of his works were in fact created with this technique, which allowed him to print a large number of copies of the same subject, but at the same time to obtain a print every time unique, varying pressure and inks.
The spread of screen printing in underground environments and in different subcultures to create posters and covers is also due to another important factor, namely the ease with which it is possible to create a rudimentary screen printing laboratory, combined with the availability of materials.
Unlike techniques such as lithography, woodcut and etching, which require more complex equipment and more expensive materials and which sometimes require caution in use, a small screen printing laboratory can be built at home at a reduced cost and without special skills.
As for the work environment, a table large enough to position the frame is needed, a room that at the right time can act as a dark room (preventing light from entering), and a tub in which to wash the frame. Screen printing can be done in a more or less sophisticated way,