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New Capoeira Hangzhou identity, bag and T-shirt design

Things were pretty busy for the last week around here, despite my graduation work and thesis I’m still able to find some free time for personal projects, like this one over here. I’m stocked to unveil this totally new Capoeira Hangzhou identity, and a T-shirt design.

First, I spent a couple of days sketching out capoeira moves and looking for the one that suits capoeira most of all in my point of view. The Freedom – that’s the feeling I wanted to show in my design, the freedom of movement that capoeira gives you.

Since we are doing capoeira in China, I though it would be great to use some traditional painting medium, like Chinese Ink. Ink is a lot like capoeira, it’s fluid but on the other hand is very solid and strong. With both of them you have to develop a great control in order to achieve a beautiful result. It took me a while to recollect the skills they taught me during the Chinese Calligraphy class at school and here is what I came up with:

Some initial sketches and movement studies:

The main design:

After I developed the new design, me, Camisa Preta & Baboon borrowed some silkscreen equipment at China Academy of Art and started the print run. The whole printing process took us 2 days.

Camisa Preta holding our design:

Baboon preparing the silkscreen:

Washing the silkscreen:

High pressure cleaning:

Final check:

Making sure everything is neat and clean:

Baboon installing the screen:

Bringing in the color:

Printing in progress:

The first bag is ready:

Baboon resting:

Camisa Preta wrapping a bunch of freshly printed posters:

How to silkscreen a T-shirt

Recently I’ve got the first silkscreen experience while making a T-shirt design for the Capoeira hangzhou group. The process is really interesting especially with the Chinese worker’s creativity tending to cut manufacturing costs by any means. Have a look…

Printing our design on a transparent plastic paper.

Preparing the “silk screen”.

Drying.

After the wax is completely dry we need to “burnout” our design from the waxed silk screen. On the picture: The guy is putting our design and the screen on top of UV lamps.

Then he said: “Actually this kind of light is a bit dangerous so I’d better cover the whole thing with my coat… ”

Washing out the wax from the “burned” spots. Making a stencil…

White spots – no wax.

Using the pressurized water jet to reveal a very thin lines.

They use chopsticks to stir the paint.

Drying again and covering unwanted spots with a sticky tape.

Defining the place of our design on T–shirt.