Every time that Nic Jonk called me to ask whether I wanted to come over to talk about making a screen print, I drove to Grootschermer in high spirits. In my memory, the sky was clear blue and both the birds and I sang cheerfully.
It was a treat, also while printing, when I pressed a cheerful colour through the non-covered parts of the mesh that was stretched over the frame.
I did that with a rubber blade mounted in a metal handle. The areas to be printed were applied with a photographic emulsion on the mesh and certain areas were covered with cheerful brushstrokes. That’s how screen prints were created, sometimes in more than 20 printings.
Each and every of those 20 different screens and colours were created, processed and printed with joy. Because Nic gave me the freedom essential to my way of screen printing, namely, not creating a replica but trying to breathe life into the print.
When I would finally show him such a screen print, he would give me a look of reproof and ask me with concern: "Why did you make such a mess with those colours of ink?” That was his way of saying that it looked nice.
A day later or after several days, he would call and begin by saying: “You are probably sitting around doing nothing again?” And then would continue to say “that the screen print is all right.”
Yes, screen printing with and for Nic Jonk was a delight. And not just making them; because when you let Nic Jonk’s work affect you, everything becomes brighter and more joyful.
It’s simply delightful. Also for me.
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