As a result of studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London in 1979, Joy Stocksdale developed polychromatic screen printing. Her printed silk garments, hangings, and quilts have been exhibited throughout the US. She has taught workshops at craft schools, guilds, and conferences. She is the author of an instructional book on her process, Polychromatic Screen Printing. She lives in rural Sebastopol in Sonoma County, California.
The innovative process of polychromatic screen printing results in a limited edition from the original painted screen - with no color registration. Similar to an extended monoprint process that produces 5-8 prints from a single painted image. With this process, all the colors in an image are painted on a single print screen, then printed on fabric or paper with one pull of the squeegee. No solvents used.
"My main concern is design. Leaves, flowers, and geometric designs appeal to my imagination which moves back and forth between these different motifs. Many designs are derived from small sketch notes I make of patterns or parts of designs on historical ceramics, metal, and textile artifacts. The challenge is turning sketches into designs that work within the format of a wall piece."