Stephen Bishop AKA Hello Daylight designed and silkscreened the Spring Up! show poster. Today we’re seeing more of what Stephen makes, and a small preview of what he’ll have for sale at the show!
What do you make?
I make limited edition screenprinted art prints and posters.
What is your process?
The illustration and design starts on paper, then moves to the computer, then onto my screens for screenprinting. One screen per colour. Each print is done by hand, on a manual homemade vacuum press. Most of my equipment is homemade, which is kind of the beauty of screenprinting, that you don’t need an expensive pro setup to do it.
How long have you been a crafter?
I forget exactly when I started, as the process of learning and equipment gathering took awhile. There is quite a bit of trial and error to get every part of the process right, like anything I guess. But I guess I have been screenprinting now for about 5 or 6 years.
What is your background/How did you get started?
I have always been drawing and painting and making since I was a kid. And I was also a pretty big computer nerd when I was young. So naturally I attended NSCAD, with a specialty in design. The design program largely focuses on creating for others, rather than on your own work, which is fine, but after I graduated I found that I yearned to create something just for me, and I wanted a process that was a bit more tactile and hands-on. I wanted to get my hands dirty again. NSCAD didn’t have screenprinting when I was there, at least not for paper prints. One day I was sitting in a cafe and saw an early poster by YoRodeo
, and was blown away by the simple colours and striking imagery. It was design and typography, but also something more, with a more expressive quality. I immediately loved something about the way the ink looked and how it felt. I could tell it was made by hand. From that day I started the quest to learn how to screenprint, and ironically a couple years later ended up sharing a studio with them for years.
Why do you do what you do?
Primarily I love laying the ink on paper by hand, and seeing it slowly build up to create an image. I love the texture and how each print is subtly unique. I even love the process of burning the screens and lining everything up. I love taking my drawing from paper to computer, then onto the screens, then onto paper. I’m slowly migrating to a life where printmaking takes up more of my days than commercial design, with the goal of eventually only drawing and printing and making.
When you’re not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?
My work can be found through my website
, and in my Etsy shop, Hello Daylight
. I also co-own a shop in Lunenburg that sells all handmade items, called Dots & Loops Handmade
, where my prints can be found, along with work from many other screenprinters from Halifax and beyond, and work from many other types of crafters including some found at Halifax Crafters.
How long have you been involved with Halifax Crafters?
I have been selling my prints at Halifax Crafters since Spring 2010.
What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?
The abundance of original, talented and passionate crafters at Halifax Crafters blows me away every time. And the organizers do such a good job of making it all happen. I haven’t been to many other shows, but I can’t imagine them getting much better.
What are you excited about seeing at the Spring Market?
I’m always excited to see what the other printmakers are doing, and their new work. That includes letterpress, textile, and other prints. I usually like to come home with a few prints to add to my collection.
What inspires you to create?
Other artists and printmakers. When I see their work I almost immediately want to create.
How do you begin a new project?
Often looking through books of images. Sometimes hitting the library. And always pencil and paper first to flesh out an idea.
Where do you do your work?
What kind of music do you listen to while you work?
All kinds. Sometimes I’ll just listen to CBC or a few This American Life podcasts. Headphones rarely leave my head while I work, which I’m sure will make me deaf one day.
An artwork or artist you love?
God, there are too many to name. YoRodeo
consistently blow my mind, and they are super nice guys. I also love The Heads of State, DoubleNaut, Sasha Barr, Patent Pending, Hammerpress, Doe Eyed, Jolby, Landland, Chris Silas Neal, Niv Bavarsky, and Zeloot… to name a few.
Favourite time of the year?
Spring? No, early fall. September/October for sure. Winter is the worst thing ever invented to me.
Three things you need in order to create?
Music, music, my studio.
What’s your favourite way to procrastinate?
Listen to and look for new music.
A favourite quote?
“Not all those who wander are lost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien