I had to look twice when I first saw Michiel’s work. Not only because of the spectrum of colours he fits into one design, but more often than not what you’re actually looking at is more than just a flat image, but is a meticulously built multi-layer screen print. One example made up of four fluorescents and black ink is uniquely inspired by “noise bands with their pedals on dirty carpets.” Based on a fan photo of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon pedal set up, this amazing print was born.
Hours could be lost exploring his portfolio of work. His posters are always show stopping with not only vast colour use, but his manipulation of dynamic shapes equals amazing optical results. Naturally he has translated some of his designs into repeat pattern prints, which obviously works an absolute treat! Now working at the premium textile brand for African Print, Vlisco, his prints adorn beautiful fabrics bringing his work and the textiles to life.
Amazingly the Vlisco group, which consists of four fashion and textiles brand is over 160 years old. As the originators of African print design they still use their closely guarded printing methods to get vibrant colours and quality results. Even the the wax treated fabric goes through a 27 stage treatment process, by machine and hand. The passion and dedication to design, tradition and process from both Michiel and the Vlisco Group, seem to make them a perfect match. Now its time to get lots in many of those magical prints…
We featured Michiel Schuurman in Element 002 of Print Isn’t Dead magazine.