The pattern on cement tiles constitutes the epitome of Art Deco design, which was popular in Saigon in the 1960s – the ‘Pearl of the Orient” period. It also marks the transitional period from conventional classic Eastern motif to geometrical Western decoration. As time flew, which turned contemporaries into classics, the patterns found on cement tiles in Vietnam still contain the disparate spirit living between two different cultures.
At that moment, Phạm Đạt Tiết brought the screenprinting techniques from France to Saigon, opened the first screen printing workshop in 1950 and populated the use of shimmer ink in print products. Shimmer ink technique is skillfully challenging since each batch of ink must be mixed by hand with a customized blend of chemical. Though printmaking goes hand in hand with technological innovation, the shimmer ink technique is still the privilege of silk printing. The shimmer adds to its surface a touch of grandeur when stretching into another dimension with the depth of natural lighting.
Inspired by the moment when East meets West in the past, this workshop, titled ‘Shimmering Nostalgia’, is initiated by The Factory in collaboration with printmaking ‘Materialize’ artist Thy Nguyễn. This screen printing experience will use patterns as found on cement tiles’ patterns on lucky red envelopes, as a way to be nostalgic as we look to a better year ahead.
*The patterns as found on cement tiles is redesigned by Aquarelle de Saigon, an art supplies brand inspired by the robust urban lifestyle of Saigon.
➖ Once registered, the attendee will:
▪️ Customize a pattern inspired by the cement tiles of Saigon.
▪️ Be provided all equipment and materials to practice;
▪️ Receive detailed instruction about preparing shimmer ink and how to screenprint shimmer ink products;