Making It / Filippa Levemark / Sweden

Google translated from Swedish

“Besides paintings, produce and sell my cloth bags with different prints and color.

Design Filippa Levemark

Here’s how it works:

I start by drawing a design in black and white. It must be rasterized in Photoshop to contain no grays.

The fabric I buy second hand in a shop near me. Then I cut the fabric pieces to the bag and handles. Then I take the fabric for screen printing shop in Nybro studios that I agree to.

Image Filippa Levemark

This is the beginning screen printing process. First coats I screen trycksram of emulsion (in darkness). After it has been dried for 12 hours is illustrated in the UV-lamp with the motif printed on an OHP.

The frame is washed and after it is dried is the motive attached to the emulsion. It is ready for use. I then choose which ink I want. Either clean or so I mix a custom color.

Image Filippa Levemark

The colors should be kept chilled in the refrigerator along with the emulsion and cleaning.

Now I have access to a t-shirt printing machine, so I clamp the frame in it and the fabric is drawn down in the ground. It is meant to keep the fabric and the frame in place.

Image Filippa Levemark

On the color of the frame! I have taped a little bit here because there were holes in the emulsion in some places. With a knife I pull over then paint over the frame. The color which adheres to the fabric.

Image Filippa Levemark

As you lift the frame and the fabric is finished printed! After it has dried, so I stress the fabric with an iron so that the paint sticks to the fabric and so that the bag can be machine washed.

When I’m done with a pressure-washed the emulsion off the frame and greased.Then I start to sew the bags. Each bag takes about 1 hour to a total.

Then I make the bag entirely by hand in all processes will be differences in pressure, the design, and in color. No bag is identical to the other.

The fabric quality is different depending on what I’ve got hold of the fabric.

I receive orders for bags, prints and fabrics. All bags will cost 150 bucks a pop.

If you want to buy or order a bag, you can send an email to  filippa.levemark @  for more information.

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to Making It / Filippa Levemark / Sweden

  1. clinock says:

    I like what I could see but, for some reason only the first image showed…

  2. I dunno, they all work for me.


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