Bronte Teal


Bronte Teal is a screen print, textile and installation artist based at Juice Studios in Hull. Her work
embodies the experience of living with psoriasis through a process that studies the aggressive nature
of the skin condition, while incorporating all aspects of living with it. She creates large scale textile
works that furnish spaces with their profound presence and invite visitors to examine their finer
details. Her carefully contemplated colours form patterns within the screen-printed designs, meaning
every print made is unique and cannot be replicated.

Throughout her third year at university, Bronte continued to create work from the physical pattens
formed from the psoriasis on her skin. Her largest work yet, ‘Falling Hair’ considered one of the side
effects of having the conditions, which was hair loss. Printed on to a total of 30 metres of unbleached
muslin, ‘Falling Hair’ captures an accumulation of different aspects of suffering with the condition
while remaining a serene and tranquil experience. The presence of visitors animates the delicate
fabric as they inflict a slight breeze when they navigate around the work. The work becomes
interactive without physical touch.
Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking 2024 – Call for Submissions / Bronte Teal / 2
Bronte’s screen print process begins with the physical patterns of her flared-up skin being processed
into an image suitable for exposure. By exposing two screens of the mirrored image, she is able to
create a seamless pattern by alternating the screens as she prints each one. This allows her to print
these large pieces of fabric by hand. When these pieces are hung, she places hundreds of waxed
threads hanging around 25cm in front of the muslin which creates the illusory effect of her work. The
screen prints themselves are single layer prints that incorporate three different colours, black, deep
red and peach. Representative of aspects of living with the condition, these colours are sporadically
placed across the screen to form the pattern within the print design. Highlights and shadows cast
throughout the installation and manipulate the amount of light passing through the translucent fabric.
These elements fuse into illumination and allow the work to take control of its surrounding space.
Her work develops organically, meaning the direction it will take is dependent on the current status of
her skin. Having undergone treatment recently, Bronte hopes to start creating new work which
emulates the experience of this while incorporating new processes into her practice.