Pankuka was born from the joy i take from working on illustration and textile printing (especially using manual techniques).
It all started years ago, when i wanted to create my own screen-printed fabrics, with my own designed pattern. And although my knowledge on this subject was based only on what i used to research and try, by myself, i went for it and it ended up being a very rewarding and self-learning experience, on many levels.
Since then, i have been learning and trying many printing methods, using my own interpretation of the basic principles of each one of them. I like to create a design or a pattern, having always in mind which printing method i will use: each method will deliver a different result and i like to work with these differences and possibilities.
At the moment, the textile products available in the shop were created using the following printing techniques:
• Screen-Printing (manual)
• Block-Printing / Stamping (manual)
And i will tell you a little bit about these 2 techniques and where and why do i use them.
I have a very limited working space in my studio and i also don't possess all the necessary equipment to screen-print completely on my own. The only screen-printing method i usually do in my space, is an alternative one (i will talk about it soon).
I also have a limited amount of time to work, since my daughter was born, so i have to carefully plan my working days. The truth is, i also cannot handle everything on my own so i had to find someone to help me with the printing. For this, i've contacted a great small screen-printing studio here in Berlin, willing to print my garments and so far, i have been loving to work with them. They know what they are doing, they work with other like-minded brands and they always deliver great results.
I use this technique when i want to print only 1 or 2 colors, big quantities and when i want to use already made garments. The Baby Onesies are a good example of this technique.
BLOCK-PRINTING / STAMPING
The love for this technique comes from my days in India, where i spent some months learning a very specific and ancient version of the traditional indian block-printing. You can read more about it here.
From there, i learned to create my own stamps and to use the basic principles of block-printing into my own reality and way of working.
Usually, this is a process that i perfectly do on my own, in my home-based studio and the products that i create with the stamped fabrics are also completely handmade by me. A good example of this are the Happy and Good Fortune Flags.