Gabriele Marotta: Plate to plate

Non-digital silk-screen printing, 8 – 10 June / 15 – 17 June

Our living surroundings are saturated with imagery, displayed and imprinted on every surface and material. While platforms, tools and services abound to partake in this happy mayhem, coming to know image ex- and impression beyond the boundaries templated by them still remains a knowledge and capacity reserved to professionals.

Hosted by Gabriele Marotta, founder of Helsinki’s seasoned Groovink studio, the Plate to plate workshop takes a deep dive into the craft and art of image (re)production using silk-screen printing without digital tools.

Plate to plate participants will be introduced to all steps of the silk-screen printing technique, before going to seek motifs from in and around Paimio Sanatorium. Interpeting these by techniques of drawing, taping, collaging or photogramming using found objects, films will be produced, before the frames will be exposed to print on brought or found materials.

At the end of the course, participants will not only know how to handle and preserve a screen printing frame and to more clearly see the printed matter around them. They will be stimulated to approach design processes critically in order to optimise their printed results and to minimise the impact on the environment while creating them.

All participants will take home with them their print-ready frame, a squeegee and some ink so that their production can continue.

Gabriele Marotta – about the host

Gabriele Marotta is an Italian screen printer working in Finland since 2008. Since 2012, Marotta operates Groovink, an in­de­pen­dent consultancy and production studio that offers solu­tions mainly for textile customization and image repro­duc­tion.

By working locally, promoting certified materials, and taking care of every step of the production process to minimize waste, Ma­rotta has sought to provide the most sustainable way of print production. His work is concentrated especially on screen print­ing on textile using water-based inks, for which he has been de­veloping workflows minimizing environmental impact. With fund­ing from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland Marotta is currently develop­ing a methodised teaching program for environment-friendly screen printing.

Workshop details

Plate to plate is a three-day workshop that we offer two times:

Workshop 1: Wednesday, 8 – Friday, 10 June
Workshop 2: Wednesday, 15 – Friday, 17 June

Daily participation will be full-time. The detailed workshop schedule will be announced shortly on this page.


English with Finnish translation

Participation requirements

Plate to plate is equally intended for beginners who have never tried silk-screening before and for such who are familiar with the process but are seeking to find new ways of motif making, improving their printing flow, or learning more about environmentally friendly materials and methods.

Participation and pricing options

There are two participation packages: Those willing to share accommodation and organize their food themselves can choose the participation + crash package. Those who wish to have single-room accommodation provided together with free breakfast, lunch and dinner at Restaurant Toivo during the workshop days can choose the single room + full board option.

The per person package prices are:

Participation + crash: 290 €

Includes a bed in a shared apartment with shared shower, shared or individual bathroom (depending on the apartment) and basic equipment to prepare food.

Participation + single room + full board: 550 €

Includes accommodation for two nights in a single-room apartment with individual bathroom, shower and kitchen, as well as two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners during the workshop period.


To take part in the workshop, please send us your contact information, the indication of your preferred workshop time(s), whether or not you like us to book accommodation and food for you in addition to your workshop participation, as well as any questions you have and anything else that would be good for us to know, via the registration button below.

Registration is open until one week before the first day of each workshop:

For workshop 1, apply by Wednesday, 1 June
For workshop 2, apply by Wednesday, 8 June

Confirmation and payment

Once confirmed by us, your registration is your binding commitment to participate in the workshop you have selected. However, a minimum number of registrations will be required for the workshop to be realized. Once we receive the minimum amount of registrations, we will contact you with the invoice for your participation fee. You will not be asked to pay anything before we send you the participation fee invoice.


For questions regarding the workshop or the registration process, please get in touch with the curator of the summer workshop programme, Martin Born:

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