In January I travelled to Anaheim, Ca. to attend the annual Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Trade Show. This show brings together hundreds of companies in the industry, including vendors of all types of sewing and needlework tools, manufacturers of art papers and scrapbooking materials, paints and brushes, glitters, beads, clays, and too many other types of tools and supplies to name. There is always a lot to see and take in at once.
One surprise was the debut of a new at-home screenprinting machine by Provocraft. After seeing a demonstation of the machine I can attest that it's quite similar to the Japanese Print Gocco machine, which over the years has garnered a very loyal following in the US, but is sadly no longer being manufactured. Both machines simplify the screenprinting process by allowing you to create a screen directly from your artwork without the need for a dark room or light table. The maximum print size is relatively small, but screenprinting is such a verstaile technique, there really are endless possibilities for what you can make. The provocraft machine allows you to print on fabric or paper, and like Gocco comes with its own screens and inks, but uses an actual squeegee as with regular screeprinting. If screenprinting is unfamiliar to you, it looks like this machine would be a great way to get started.