Alexandra Aquilina (a.k.a screengirlberlin) is a Maltese, Berlin-based screen printer, designer and illustrator. She is the owner of www.screengirlberlin.etsy.com
When and how did you get started?
I was always into functional art and I studied fashion design as a teen. Unable to further my studies in Malta back then, I chose to study Graphic Design. I was introduced to screen printing in 2009 on a self-led assignment and there was no turning back. I had finally found this essential technique that complemented my personality and approach. I learnt the basics through trial and error and sold my designs at Patches Market where many supported my trade. Today, I am a senior screen printer, I have an online business selling my designs, and I run screenprint workshops in Malta and Berlin.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I consider my work to be very design-oriented. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also serves a function.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Pop-culture, feminist, mystical and mischievousness.
Where was your first exhibition held?
I presented a hand-printed textile interiors exhibit, featuring cushions, an up-cycled lampshade, and vintage Farsons box turned into a footrest/storage box.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?
My favourite work has to be the Moon Crystal Tarot deck. It is my most meticulously researched and long-term project. I designed and illustrated a full tarot deck inspired by the characters of my favourite childhood anime and released it on Kickstarter where it got fully funded on two (now hopefully three) occasions.
My favourite screen-printed piece is a three-colour art print I did of an illustration I made of the character Eleven from Season 1 of TV show Stranger Things. It was an experiment using minimal colour to create various shades and effects.
What are you working on at the moment?
Apart from running my third campaign for the Moon Crystal Tarot I am also working on some new designs for long sleeve t-shirts as well as a botanical scarf print. I am also testing some new designs for female motorcycle wear.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
My screen print poster heroes are Frank Kozik and Derek Hess, however, I am truly inspired by one woman who is frequently left out of her important role in the pop-art and screen-printing movement – Sister Corita Kent.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Hard one… probably a baker.
What do you love about Malta?
What do you hate about Malta?
The fact that it is a claustrophobic, hypocritical, and nauseatingly pseudo catholic.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
Teal. It reminds me of the deep crystal clear seas and I find it very calming.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Bubble baths and a slice of chocolate cake.
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