Stephanie Klaura is an artist and a screen printer. She owns and operates a screen printing studio, Fabric Fabrik, built into an old Wiener beisl on Koppstrasse in Vienna's sixteenth district. Her studio is far removed from a t-shirt print shop or a garage project, but encompasses the entire ground floor of the erstwhile restaurant (bar intact) – think Doctor Frankenstein's Laboratory (or Saw) meets Wiener gemütlichkeit.
Screen printing is equal parts designing, cleaning, spraying, blasting, mixing, printing, drying and folding. Stephanie does her printing on a massive scale, often completely by herself.
Stephanie (Stephka) hails from Burgenland and studied at MAK, which was where she was introduced to screen printing. She does commissioned works and exhibitions, printing everything from gallery pieces to custom projects and readymades like bags, pillows, blankets, chairs and fabric by the metre, and even offers workshops for rowdy children.
But what is screen printing?
First and foremost,
screen printing is complex.